When Matt Woods’s Mavic 2 Zoom took off from his Bondi Beach balcony, the amateur Australian pilot was hoping to add a nice new ocean video to his collection. Instead, the drone captured a spear-fisherman’s gripping 30-minute battle to fend off an aggressive shark until help arrived.
Drone video details a fisherman’s battle with mako shark
Woods, 36, didn’t wait long last Sunday afternoon to realize his footage wouldn’t be the normal Bondi Beach sampling of swimmers, surfers, and people playing in the shore break. Within minutes of his 4 p.m. drone launch, Woods identified and began shooting video of a fisherman swimming in the water, and using his speargun to battle what the pilot believes was a large, aggravated mako shark.
“I spotted the shark straight away as there was a big bait ball of fish and as I got closer I could see it was also circling the diver in the water,” Woods told the UK’s Daily Mail. “The diver was fending the shark off and poking it…