The man was on board the 17m long Nuevo Mirandilla fishing boat when he dragged aboard a tintoria, a blue shark. Whilst struggling with the 2metre long fish, it bit him hard on the hand, almost severing the limb.
The coastguard sent a helicopter out to rescue the man, as his boat was 22 nautical miles off the coast of Almería at the time. The rest of the crew took the boat back at their leisure. What happened to the shark is unknown.