It's imbedded in the stomach wall (from what we can tell). We scoped it on Tues.
Surgery is simple. Because we know the location, it's a quick cut to get inside, locate the hook through the stomach wall, cut and extract. Disolving stitches inside, and tougher on the dermal layer. The hard part becomes getting the shark food afterwards because tube feeding can catch and tear the stomach. But we're pretty good with tubing sharks at this point.
oh, that makes sense, and good to hear he sounds like he needs to be a fighter to pull through all of this. I showed this video to my 6 year old last night and he has now added shark rescuer to his lists of occupations when he grows up.
I tubed a sand tiger with out narcs a few times, that required several sets of strong hands on the gurney and a real taste for adventure. I bawled like a baby when it had to be euthanized, I had so much energy invested in that darn fish.
Do you have access to a human gastroenterologist? They may have the equipment and skill to get that hook out using an endoscope. I had good luck doing that with a gray seal once.
It was scoped a few days ago. Blood was seen in the stomach. The hook is most likely through the stomach wall making it very risky to get out with an endoscope without tearing it. As Zoodiver said, surgery would be the best way to go.