It's not uncommon for dolphin to surf in the wake of the Enterprise as we head out to fish. They seem to like the substantial wakes of the larger boats, and by slowly rolling on the throttle as we power up, and throwing a large wake we can have them behind the boat for some time. After a couple of minutes it's time to speed up and go fishing!!
Enterprise first mate Russell Crim has handled hundreds of these in the past few years, removed the hook, posed for pictures, and safely released the fish. I know that if held to far back on the body they can twist around a bite you. Knowing this didn't help me last year when one got me on the forearm! Bloody but surprisingly painless as their teeth are like razors.
This species is similar to the blacktip shark, and we catch lots of them, almost every day, in the summertime while fishing for grouper and other species. You could eat them, and some captains routinely bring them back to the dock, but Enterprise rarely does. "I don't eat sharks and sharks don't eat me" is my karmic mantra, and it's worked for over thirty years of swimming and scuba diving in the Gulf of Mexico.
This nurse shark is being caught on a medium weight rod and spinning reel. Watch the anglers technique of lifting up and reeling down. We teach our guests' this, and the advanced technique of palming the spool with the left hand while lifting, to help the reels' drag and prevent the fish from taking line. Client is doing this perfectly.