Viral Video Shows Shark Attacking Fisherman “I Lost My……Pinky!”
A viral video shows the horrifying encounter between a local fisherman and an angry shark in the Florida Keys.
Brett Reeder, of Parrish, spent the day fishing with his family on Sunday, but the last catch of the day sent him to hospital via helicopter. While attempting to retrieve a hook from a 6-foot-long lemon shark, the beast grabbed his arm and nearly severed his pinky.
Video of the incident posted on Facebook and TikTok has garnered over 5 million views. Reeder’s wife Mandy posted the video on her account with the caption, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.”
“I lost my g*****n pinky!” Reeder shouts in the video.
State police said Reeder made it back to the shore and was then airlifted to Miami’s Jackson South Medical Center.
In a video update, Reeder appeared to be in good spirits, despite the cast on his arm.
“I got unlucky when he spun around and caught the top of my hand and started twisting. I could’ve sworn I heard a pop,” Reeder said.
“I kind of freaked out a bit,” he added, recalling his blood pressure dropping on the helicopter while medics gave him a blood transfusion.
Comments on social media concerning the graphic video highlight the intensity of the incident.
“By the amount of blood on the shark’s mouth, I think he got the pinky,” one person commented.
Others couldn’t believe how well Reeder had handled the accident. Right after the shark bite, he walks away from the camera and curses about the possibility of losing his pinky.
“That’s how people react when they drop their phone in the water,” another user wrote. “Not lose an appendage.”
According to Reeder, doctors say his pinky finger could still be saved, but it will take some time to find out for sure.