Girl meets shark, girl rescues shark! A teenager walking along the rocky Rhode Island coastline saved a distressed dogfish shark being battered by the waves.
15-year-old Ali Twachtman and her father, Erich, were beachcombing along the coast at Block Island when they noticed a shark trapped against the rocks. The fish – a dogfish or mud shark roughly 3 to 4 feet long – was taking a beating and it appeared all hope was lost... until Ali stepped in to save the day!
Say what you want about the so-called Millennial Generation being self-absorbed; young Ali's actions prove that particular stereotype isn't all-inclusive. It took four tries for the plucky teen to finally grab the shark by its tail, haul it out of the sea, and release it into calmer waters further down the beach – all at no small risk to herself, might we add.
Proud papa Erich, a professional weather photographer and forecaster, recorded the successful rescue on video and later posted it at his Twitter page. “Kudos to my daughter,” Twachtman captioned the video, “who found a shark that got washed up on shore today and the surf was pounding it into rocks. She got it and set it free!!”
Being that this is 2018 and Ali's just 15, we'll forgive her (and he dad) for snapping a quick shot of her holding the shark – only for a few seconds – before releasing it back into the ocean. Who would believe her “tale” if they didn't?