Man Almost Eaten By Great White On ‘Gnarly’ Spearfishing Mission [VIDEO]

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A man bit off more than he could chew when he decided to go spearfishing in shark-infested waters.

Tyler McQuillen was spearfishing at Redugio State Beach near Santa Barbara, Calif. and mount his GoPro to the weapon. During his search for marine life, a great white found him, and the GoPro mounted on his spear caught it all on camera.


In the very beginning, the man is seemingly throttled by an unseen force. After becoming temporarily separated from his speargun, he quickly retakes the tool and is subsequently charged by the gigantic shark.

“A HUGE great white which was at least 12ft long attacked me from the left side. It quickly circled around me and I used my speargun to keep it away,” the description of the video reads.

With a flipper gone, McQuillen continued to swim in one direction, searching for any sign of the shark.

“Extremely lucky to get out of this one alive. I saw blood around me and wasn’t sure where it was from, so I swam as fast as I could back to shore. Got a laceration on my right foot in the initial hit, I didn’t realized the shark had bit me.” Tyler McQuillen explained.

While McQuillen survived, he did suffer from two broken toes (GRAPHIC: Here is a reported photo of his toes following the incident)

The water at the beach was closed for 24 hours because of the dangerous encounter, according to the Ventura County Star.

At the very end of the video, when the speargun is hoisted above the water level, McQuillen can be heard excitedly saying he “got it on video,” and then exclaiming, “fucking gnarly.”

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