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A video showing a Lewes man wrangling an 8-foot sand tiger shark in the surf at Cape Henlopen State Park’s drive-on beach has generated thousands of views on social media.

Bear resident Rachael Foster captured the video as she was enjoying a sunny Father’s Day at Herring Point in Lewes. After a fisherman a few cars away from the Foster family hooked the shark, Dave Williamson jumped into the water to release the creature, which is required by Delaware law. There were two Delaware State Parks rangers on shore watching him release the shark, he said. 

“Everything was done by the books,” said Williamson, who caught two sharks June 21.  

For the safety of the animal, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says any prohibited shark should not be pulled from the water and should be released as soon as it is identified. It is not required that a fisherman remove the hook from the shark, but Williamson said he tries to if it can be done safely. 

DNREC has issued fines to people who have removed sharks from the water and posted photos on social media.

Williamson, a 2001 Cape Henlopen High School graduate, fishes for sharks frequently from the end of May until early August. He said he usually paddles offshore 350 to 500 yards before dropping bait into the ocean. He has a friend manning a fishing rig on the beach in case something takes the bait before he returns. 

“You’re in much deeper water out there where the sharks like to hang out and feed,” he said. 

He said he’s caught fish as large as 11 feet, but most are about 6 feet. 

Many commenters on social media have criticized Williamson’s handling of the shark, but he reiterated that what he was doing was safe for the shark.

“I’ve never seen anybody else get in the water with them,” he said. “You’re not required to do that. I always try to remove the hook if it’s safe and in a way that does not harm the shark. Some people will just cut the leader right off at the beach and let the shark go on its own. I like to try to get the hook out of its mouth and then pull the shark out to where he’s in a little deeper water and give them a push.” 

Foster says she has been driving on at Cape Henlopen two to three times a week since 2015 and has never seen anything like she did on Father’s Day. 

“It was a pretty big shark,” she said.

She said the shark was swimming in the shallows before Williamson was able to hook it. After the shark was discovered, she said, people were screaming at others to get out of the water. 

Foster’s video has gained nearly 200,000 views on Facebook and close to 200,000 views on TikTok. Foster has also received requests from media outlets to share the video from as far Australia. In the U.S., the story was picked up by TMZ. 

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Caught on video: Fishermen catch massive 350-pound shark in Delaware

LEWES, Delaware -- Two men made quite a catch at Cape Henlopen State Park Beach in Delaware last weekend, reeling in a nearly 9-foot-long, 350-pound sand tiger shark.

Beachgoers say it was like a scene out of the movie "Jaws," a scene that's gone wildly viral with hundreds of thousands of views on social media.

In the video, you see Dave Williamson from Lewes, Delaware holding the shark's mouth open, unfazed by its massive and sharp teeth.

He's part of a team that's spent the past five years essentially fishing for sharks.

Once they get a bite, they reel it in close to shore. That's when Williamson jumps in for the show, opening the jaw and unhooking the shark to set it free.

"It's a hobby for me. It's a rush. It's a thrill," Williamson says. "I mean, I guess you could call me a thrill seeker in that sense. Some people are afraid of snakes and spiders and what have you. I've just been comfortable getting in the water with them for no one reason in particular."

Williamson says there's no intention to ever harm the shark.

It's illegal to remove a shark from the water in Delaware, so they always keep the animal close to shore, but in the ocean.

This is sort of a sport, but it doesn't have an official title.

Williamson refers to it simply as "game fishing."

Over the last few years, he has landed and released 30 sharks.

Williamson has never been bitten by a shark.

His day job is as a general contractor, but his Sunday hobby, you can catch him on the beach at Cape Henlopen State Park if you want to see the seaside show.

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Shark Bite at Park

UPDATE: Boy suffers shark bite at state park
Beaches reopen at 1 p.m.
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Photo by: Melissa SteeleThe Cape Henlopen State Park beach was reopened at 1 p.m. June 10 after officials closed it June 9 following a shark bite incident.
LEWES — A 16-year-old Delmar boy was treated at Beebe Healthcare after he told officials he was bitten by a shark while swimming in the ocean June 9 at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Beaches at Cape Henlopen State Park were initially closed Tuesday, June 10, but reopened at 1 p.m. after Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials flew over the shoreline in a helicopter and saw no shark activity, said Michael Globetti, DNREC spokesman.

DNREC Secretary Collin O'Mara considers the shark bite an isolated incident, Globetti said.

Judging by the shark bite, DNREC Marine Biologist Scott Newlin said he believes it came from a 3-foot long juvenile sand bar shark – a common shark off the Delaware coast.

"A larger shark would've pulled him down and taken a lot more flesh with it," he said.

Newlin said he doubts the shark attacked the boy; it may have been going after a fish and the boy's arm got in the way.

Evening is typical feeding time for sharks, and the boy's 5 p.m. swim was prime time for dinner, Newlin said.

"I don't think there is much concern for the public now," he said. "But it's best to steer clear of the water especially after dark."

About four dozen beachgoers were set up along the beach at the end of the pavillion walkway at about 11 a.m. A red no-swimming flag warned beachgoers to stay out of the water.

Vacationer Scott Zitzer of Luray, Va., surveyed the beach before descending on the sand with his family. Looking over the calm ocean, he said he was not very concerned about sharks along the Delaware coast.

"I don't think there will be a problem," he said.

Lewes resident Ellen Dodd was finishing her morning walk along the beach, and also won't let the shark scare keep her out of the water.

"I think if it got hot, I'd go back in the water," she said.

Dewey Beach Patrol Capt. Todd Fritchman said this was the first time in his 34 years as a lifeguard on Delaware's beaches that he's heard of a significant biting event. He said there have been minor instances, but nothing this profound.

Sharks are out there all the time, he said. This area is their reproductive grounds, and sharks are predatory fish that follow bait fish into the shallows, he said.

Fritchman said Dewey Beach is open. News of the shark bite has not changed the way the patrol approaches marine activity.

“We're always highly active with our watch,” he said. “We're always on our A game.”

Dewey Beach has an extensive protocol to follow in the case of marine activity, said Fritchman. If there is marine activity in the surf zone, a buffer zone is immediately set up.

Fritchman said a contributing factor could be an increase in surf fishing along the state's beaches. He said fishermen using chum could be bringing sharks into shallower waters and closer to humans.

The boy told DNREC Parks Enforcement he was swimming in about 5 feet of water about 5 p.m., when he felt something grab his left arm. The teen then used his right arm to flail at what he described as a shark in order to get it to release its bite before it swam away. The boy sustained gashes on his left forearm.

Rich King, an avid fisherman who runs the popular Delaware Surf Fishing website, disagrees with the idea that surf fishing is bringing sharks closer to humans.

“People fishing from the beach are not attracting sharks,” he said. “You've got a better chance of being run over by a cow than you do being bitten by a shark.”

King said he tells people all the time that it's a whole different food chain in knee-deep water.

“If people could see what is in the water and see what is really going on, it would blow their mind,” he said. “Especially the fishermen who aren't catching anything.”

King said he has seen a photo that's been posted on the internet that reports to show the young man's injuries, and he said by the looks of it, the shark was probably something small.

“This is not a Jaws situation,” he said. “If it were a big sand shark, it could have taken his arm off.”

King said the temperature of local ocean waters were slow to rise this year, and that seems to have played a part in a migration of sharks that's heavier than normal. He said he was fishing this weekend off the beach and saw all kinds of people pulling up little sand sharks.

“Sharks line our oceans. The Delaware Bay is a nursery for tiger sharks,” he said.

Lifeguards on duty treated his cuts, and Lewes Fire Department transported the teenager to Beebe by ambulance for further medical attention.

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RAW VIDEO: Swimmer captures shark off Delaware coast

Swimmer caught on camera catching shark off Delaware coast

Shark handler caught on camera

A swimmer was recorded over the weekend catching and displaying a shark at Cape Henlopen State Park Beach in Delaware.

DELAWARE - A swimmer was recorded over the weekend catching and displaying a shark at Cape Henlopen State Park Beach in Delaware.

FOX 5's Ike Ejiochi discovered that the swimmer has professional training - and he was trying to remove a hook from the shark's jaw.

It’s illegal in Delaware to fish for sharks – and if you catch them, you must return them to the water as quickly as possible.

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Shark caught on Delaware beach

A swimmer was recorded over the weekend catching and displaying a shark at Cape Henlopen State Park Beach in Delaware.

A number of sharks can be found in both the Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Specific breeds may not be removed from the water.

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In addition to dogfish sharks and popular sport fishing species such as the mako and thresher, anglers may encounter several prohibited species, including sandbar and sand tiger sharks.

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Anglers are prohibited from keeping sand tiger sharks, as well as sandbar sharks. Hook-and-line anglers cannot remove from the water any sandbar or sand tiger shark, or any other prohibited species of shark.

For additional guidelines, go to the Department of Natural Resources website.

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Henlopen shark cape

A beach at Cape Henlopen, north of Rehobeth Beach, Delaware, was forced to close temporarily after a suspected shark bite sent a 12-year-old boy to the hospital.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) says the “biting incident” was reported just before 1 p.m. Thursday. A boy surfing off Herring Point sustained puncture wounds to his leg and was taken to Beebe Hospital in Lewes, Delaware.

It wasn’t clear exactly what bit the boy, but DNREC closed Herring Point to surfing and swimming for the day and restricted beachgoers around the Cape Henlopen bathhouse to knee-deep waters only.

The restrictions were lifted the next morning, and DNREC tells Bay Bulletin the boy was treated and released from the hospital. The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife believe the bite was most likely a sand shark or bull shark, based on the bite marks.

DNREC Natural Resource Police Park Rangers and lifeguards are patrolling the beach area to warn surfers and other beachgoers to stay in shallow water. DNREC reminds everyone that shark attacks are rare, and there has only been one known shark bite at a Delaware state park, back in June 2014 when a 16 year old boy suffered injuries at Cape Henlopen that required two dozen stitches.

State biologists believe that shark was a juvenile sandbar shark, the most common shark found in the Chesapeake Bay, according to the National Aquarium.

-Meg Walburn Viviano

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Man is filmed wrestling a Shark with his bare hands at a Delaware beach mouth open pose for photos

UPDATE: Cape Henlopen State Park reopens Herring Point after possible shark bite

UPDATE: Restrictions at Herring Point and Cape Henlopen State Park beaches have been lifted, and the 12-year-old boy was treated and released from the hospital.

A 12-year-old boy was hospitalized Thursday after being bitten at a Cape Henlopen State Park beach, prompting officials to close Herring Point to surfing and swimming until further notice.

The child was surfing off Herring Point just before noon when a creature, initially thought to be a sand shark, bit his leg, according to a news release. The boy was taken by ambulance to Beebe Hospital, where he was treated for puncture wounds.

This could potentially be the second known shark attack at a Delaware State Park.

Park rangers and lifeguards are now patrolling the beach area to warn beachgoers to stay in shallow water. Waters around the Cape Henlopen Bathhouse are restricted to knee-deep access. 

Fisheries experts believe the bite mark was from a shark, but the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control "cannot say for certain," according to a spokesperson.

Shark attacks are rare  — the only known shark bite at a Delaware State Park happened in June 2014. 

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And they usually don't eat people, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Most sharks typically prey on smaller fish and invertebrates, while larger species feed on seals, sea lions and other marine mammals.

"Sharks have been known to attack humans when they are confused or curious. If a shark sees a human splashing in the water, it may try to investigate, leading to an accidental attack," NOAA said on its website.

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