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Two Lions Saved These Divers From a Close Encounter With a Great White Shark
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer
We're so fortunate to live in a world that offers travel on every level. Literally.
We can hike majestic mountains, languish in cool Redwood forests, soar into billowing clouds, and dive into the exciting waters of our oceans and rivers. Recently, two spear fishermen, Mike and Tony, traveled from Florida to South Carolina to hunt for Lion Fish, which are rapidly breeding and ravenously destroying all marine life along our southeastern coast.
Facebook is full of photos of divers' swollen limbs after they received the painful sting by one of those 13 venomous spines you see.
Tony, the diver on the right and the Captain of the boat, had just speared two Lion Fish and turned around to find himself staring in the face of a Great White.
He's been diving for over 20 years, so shark encounters aren't uncommon but this one was just a bit too close for comfort he said. Immediately, he held up the two Lions in front of the sharks face.
Though the Lions typically weigh only a few pounds, even an enormous Great White knows better than to challenge the deadly spines of that fish, he says.
Immediately, the shark turned around and swam away.
"And I lived to dive another day," grinned the grateful Tony.