ALABAMA (WKRG) — The beauty of the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico January 24, 2016 day inspired shark hunter Lance Williams to grab his cameras instead of his spear. He never imagined he’d come face to face with a fearless shark considered one of the most dangerous predators for humans.
“I just recoiled my feet in and all I had was the camera and I just shoved the camera at the shark and right at the last second he veered off. He got between me and the boat and at that point there was that one second where I thought it was a mako. For a split second I thought this thing is so big this could be a white shark”, said Williams.
It turned out to be seven to eight hundred pound Mako beast.
“This big guy was just up from the depths, right on my fin and he came he did kind of a quick you on me and I said, ‘this guy is about to bite me and dear Jesus save me’..and then he did, he curved around and that’s when I was able to yell ‘send me a gun’. You guys gotta send me a gun.”
His buddy threw him a gun, but Lance didn’t catch it.
“I look behind me, the gun is just sinking off behind me into nothing. The shark is here between me and the boat. I just made the call to go for the gun. I dove down and as I began my descent and abandoned the surface to get the gun, I saw the big shark angling on me and I just kicked as hard as I could. I got the gun at the last second. I was able to extend and keep the shark off of me and at that point everything just got really cool. The shark just started working with us we were swimming.”
Lance made it back on the boat, but, he couldn’t resist going back in to rendezvous with the massive creature.
“I just jumped in, jumped right on top of him”.
The Mako, very docile, allowed Lance to touch him and divers to get amazing up close footage. All that changed when they decided to feed him a 40 inch barracuda.
“I had been eye to eye with this shark for approximately 20 minutes just looking at him dead in the eye as he would come by me, and just watching his eye move as he would pass and it was like we had an understanding. At that point he had a different look so I had a sense he was going to take a shot at me and as he came and turned I just extended the gun…gave him a warning pat. He turned and snapped..I said it’s time to go.”
Lance could have easily killed the killer shark and brought in a once in a lifetime catch, but he didn’t.
“I know it’s a shark. I know it would eat me if it was given the chance, but in that moment it just felt like a bit of a bond and so I let it live. I let it swim”.
If given another chance, Lance doesn’t promise he’ll let him go next time.