Marlins are some of the largest and fast fish you can find out on the sea. They are easily recognized by their blade-like upper jaw, which they use to slice through fish, making them a lot easier to catch.
In this video, four men are out fishing off Cairns, Australia, ready to pull up a large marlin catch. There’s no lead-up to the moment—the men are already exclaiming when the video starts.
“Sharks got him! Bring it up guys,” yells the cameraman from the top of the boat as he looks down at the scene. “You’re kidding!” says the man below, bewildered.
From his vantage point, the cameraman says “Yeah, I can see all the blood.”
The angler is seated securely on the deck of the boat, his feet up against a base for leverage as he keeps striking to pull in the massive fish. All three men look out expectantly, waiting to see what comes out of the water.
Suddenly, the marlin is spotted—but as the cameraman warned, it is not alone. Tiger sharks and bronze whalers have decided this meal is for them, and they leap out of the water, biting chunks off of the fishermen’s catch.
Commotion in the water continues as one of the men on the deck reaches out to grab the fishing line with a gloved hand. The men continue attempting to pull the marlin up as the cameraman reminds them to be careful.
“Get the cutters!” he yells as the line can be seen pulling downward toward the side of the boat. The camera then captures the moments as the man rushes down to the deck (if you get easily dizzy, you may want to look away for a few seconds until the camera stops moving about wildly).
“You got his head?” the cameraman asks.
One of the men reaches down, grabs the line close to the marlin’s head, and pulls it on board.
“This is like a 600-pound fish,” he says, as he holds it from its upper, pointed jaw.
One of the men shakes hands with the angler, congratulating him on a job well done. Despite this, there is a noticeable air of disappointment swirling about the boat from all men as they process the loss of the day.
“Don’t get in the water now, boys,” one of the men says, adding a bit of humor to the moment, as they look out onto the water.
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