Dog Sacrifices Own Life Defending Owner from Sharks

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At Johns Creek Harbor, Australia, a dog that was once homeless and malnourished went from being stray and lonely, to loved and spoiled. Everyone at the harbor loved the stray, but for Franz Van Derpoll, the lonely dog went from being the community pet to becoming his best friend and life savior.

The stray dog was named Sky and she became Derpoll’s constant companion.

“She was with me 24/7,” Derpol told told The West Australian. “If I was driving a fork lift to work she was on the fork lift. If I went out on the boat doing passenger runs she was on the boat with me.”

Sky. Photo Credit: Kate Freegard
Sky. Photo Credit: Kate Freegard


On one afternoon the inseparable duo headed out to catch some fresh fish. As usual Derpoll dove into the water looking for the perfect catch, what he didn’t know was that there were two sharks nearby circling him.

When he realized he was in danger he decided to go around his boat and get back on for safety, but by this time his loyal friend Sky had perceived her best friend was in danger and had dove in to defend him.

Sadly, the sharks took Sky’s life, but if it wasn’t for her brave actions, Derpoll’s family and friends would be mourning him instead.

“She probably decided to jump over the side to protect me and when I came up from my second dive there was lots of blood in the water and no dog,” said Derpoll. “I had two good years with her in the end but sometimes I wish it was me and not her.”

Sky is no longer in the physical world but her presence will never be forgotten. There is a special plaque hanging at Johns Creek Harbor, in memory of Sky.


11 thoughts on “Dog Sacrifices Own Life Defending Owner from Sharks”

  1. For every owner saved from shark story there are ten Pit Bull tore off face of infant stories. DogsBite.Org

    • Oh Burt… you’re so brave posting negative comments on websites with an anonymous name. Your parents must be SO PROUD of what you’ve become.

    • is a site created from a pitbull hater. What else can you expect? The facts you say don’t even add up. Did you know that there are thousands of pitbulls? Thousands! If they were so dangerous then thousands of people would be dead. Almost all of the dogs that bite, the media labels them pitbulls. You never see the dogs. Most of the time it’s a mixed breed or a complete different breed of dog.

      Also did anybody notice that the breed is no where mentioned?! 90% of the time when a pitbull does something good the breed is never mentioned!

      • Dogsbite never let the actual truth get in the way of their “mission”. They couldn’t… their founder’s story has changed so many times over the years that if they actually paid attention to facts they would all have whiplash.

        • Before I knew the truth about I had emailed them about an error in the news reporting of the breed of a dog involved in a fatal attack. I had seen a photo showing part of the body of the dog after it had been shot. It didn’t appear to be a ‘pit bull’ and I decided to check into it further. Although I live in Canada and the attack had occurred in San Antonio Texas, I was able by telephone to contact animal services there and spoke directly to an Animal Control officer that had actually seen the dog. She confirmed my suspicions and told me the dog was clearly a Lab type. I, thinking was a reputable organization concerned with compiling accurate information on dog attacks, wrote an email to them with the information I had attained and its source. refused to correct the error in their reporting and to this day the dog involved in the fatal attack is listed as a ‘pit bull’. YOU CANNOT TRUST THEY KNOWINGLY LIE and FALSIFY DATA.

  2. Iregardless of what you may think of pitbulls, one way or the other, it dishonors her memory to argue about it here.


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