Nfld. & Labrador

Fishing boat encounters 4 sharks off Newfoundland

A woman says she had not one but four shark encounters while fishing off Conception Bay, Newfoundland, on Monday.

Photos, video show sharks up close and personal in Newfoundland waters

A group of people partaking in the commercial fishery hooked a shark off Ochre Pit Cove on Monday. (Submitted by Leona Fahey)

A woman says she had not one but four shark encounters while fishing off Conception Bay, Newfoundland, on Monday. 

Leona Fahey says she had four encounters with sharks on the water Monday. In one case, a shark grabbed her cod fish before she could. (Submitted by Leona Fahey)

Leona Fahey says she and her family were fishing off Ochre Pit Cove when a shark grabbed a cod fish, just before the fish was hauled to the surface of the water.

Monday was the first day commercial fishermen were allowed to get their catch this summer.

Leona Fahey says she and others on a boat off Ochre Pit Cove did their best to free a shark that become hooked while the group was cod fishing on Monday. (Submitted by Leona Fahey)

Later that same day, Fahey said a shark was accidentally hooked on a fishing line.

Fahey said her husband and his uncle managed to free the shark from the hook.

Leona Fahey says her father-in-law pulled the shark alongside the boat, while her husband and his uncle took the hook from the shark's mouth. (Submitted by Leona Fahey)

"He swam off pretty fast so he seemed to be doing OK," Fahey said.

Leona Fahey and her family are commercial harvesters who were fishing off Ochre Pit Cove Monday when they snagged fish and a couple of sharks. (Submitted by Leona Fahey )

Coastal Connections, an eco-tour company in Holyrood, operates a shark conservation program in which blue sharks are tagged and released.

The data is used to help scientists at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

The video below shows a curious, female shark they caught on camera in Conception Bay.

Hillary Wainwright, who submitted the video, said the shark was about six feet long.

Hillary Wainwright shot this fantastic underwater footage of a blue shark in the waters of Conception Bay South. 0:41