Great white shark shocks fish­er­man

New Straits Times - - World -

MUHAM­MAD A. NA­JIEB, Port­land imam SYD­NEY: An el­derly Aus­tralian fish­er­man re­ceived a nasty shock af­ter a great white shark leapt into his boat, sur­viv­ing with only an in­jured arm af­ter he was sent fly­ing by the thrash­ing beast.

Terry Sel­wood, 73, was en­joy­ing some quiet time on the wa­ter off Evans Head in north­ern New South Wales state when the shark paid him a sur­prise visit.

“I caught a blur of some­thing com­ing over the boat ... and the shark’s pec­toral fin hit me on the fore­arm and spun me around, knocked me down on the ground to my hands and knees,” he said on Satur­day.

The shark was 2.7m in length, and with the boat 1.4m across and 4.5m long, it was a squeeze.

“There I was on all fours and he’s look­ing at me and I’m look­ing at him and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I couldn’t get out quick enough onto the gun­wale,” Sel­wood said, re­fer­ring to the up­per edge of the boat.

“I looked down and I thought ‘I’ll be bug­gered... there’s a shark in me boat’.”

He man­aged to grab his ra­dio and called lo­cal marine res­cue vol­un­teers, who plucked him from the boat and took him ashore, where he was treated for skin torn off his arm. AFP

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It was a tight squeeze for the 2.7m great white shark in the small deck of Aus­tralian Terry Sel­wood’s fish­ing boat.

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