We pretty much covered it in the headline, but a Kiwi doctor by the name of James Grant has fought off a large shark that had grabbed his leg whilst spearfishing, then stitched himself up before going to the pub for pint.
“I thought it was one of the boys who had come and grabbed my leg,” Grant told Radio New Zealand. However, he soon realised it was a shark that had latched on to his leg. “To be honest it was a bit of an odd reaction. It wasn’t really fear or anything, it was just like: ‘Fuck it, I’ve got to try and get this thing off my leg’,” he said.
The 24 year old did that by stabbing the shark with his knife a few times which led to the shark letting go. “I was swimming away. I got to have a little bit of a look at the wetsuit, saw there was a hole in it and I could see a bit of blood leaking out from it, but it wasn’t until I’d taken the wetsuit off from the shore that I saw all the lacerations,” he said. “I sort of tacked it together with a couple of stitches. I think it must have been adrenaline at the time because it wasn’t too bad putting them in,” he said. Later experts confirmed the shark was most likely to have been a sevengill shark, at least two metres long.
With the job done, there was nothing to do really but gut the fish and head to the pub. “We cleaned up the fish in the parlour that we’ve got out there and then headed to the Colac Bay pub and had a bit of a beer,” clipped Grant.
It does make Shaun Harrington’s of the Mad Huey’s recent shark incident look tame in comparison.
Once at the pub, staff handed over a few bandages (there was blood dripping on the floor from the leg wound ) before Grant heading off to the local hospital for more treatment. “Yeah, a few Speight’s and that was the best anaesthetic you can get,” said Warren Bevin who was behind the bar at the Colac Bay Tavern. “It was sort of unheard of to walk in the bar and ask for something to mop the blood up with [and] then have a beer.”
On the flipside of the coin, the controversial shark cull in Western Australia has killed its first shark. The news clip here documents the kill, but if you don’t like the sight of a large shark being shot in the head five times with a rifle, we advise you not to click.