Only in Canada: Shark chokes on a moose but is saved by friendly Newfoundlanders

A Greenland shark lives most of its life blinded by cornea-eating parasites. It must be why this one shark attacked a moose and nearly died choking on its skin.

In Canada everyone is friendly - even friendly to sharks that find themselves in times of trouble.

A beached shark was rescued by two passersby after it had bit into a moose and choked on its thick skin and fur.

The shark attack happened off Newfoundland's northeast coast last weekend.

Locals Derrick Chaulk was driving along the shoreline when he spotted the Greenland shark out of water. Instead of just remarking on how odd that was, he leaped from his vehicle and bounded toward the flailing shark.

In the mouth of the eight foot shark he found  "a large chunk of moose hide protruding from its mouth."

He was quickly joined by another local Jeremy Ball who aided in the rescue.

The men began pulling on the chunk until it popped out.

"A couple yanks and it just came right out," said Chaulk.

The men then hauled the 200-pound shark back into the water.

The Greenland shark may be one of the Earth's most wretched creatures: a bottom feeder that lives in the icy cold depths of the north Atlantic that is blinded from parasites eating its corneas.

Choking on a moose just added to that misery.

How it got the moose is anyone's guess.

But what may be most perplexing about this story is how the men knew that the gnarled piece of meat was moose.