Oi, back off! That’s my king­fish

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Kerikeri man Kevin Lloyd not only beat off an ag­gres­sive mako shark on Satur­day — he even emerged from the wa­ter with the king­fish he had speared shortly be­fore the at­tack.

He was spearfish­ing near the Cavalli Is­lands with friends when he was at­tacked by a 2.1m mako, which ini­tially latched on to one leg.

“I started stab­bing it heaps with my knife, and it didn’t quite like that so it turned around and bit my hand. Then I was just try­ing to get my hand out of its mouth so I gouged its eye with my left hand — this is all while my mate’s hold­ing on to the tail of the shark try­ing to pull it off me,” he said.

The shark even­tu­ally let go of his hand and swam off.

Kevin and his friend swam some 200m back to the boat, then picked up an­other friend who had been dropped at a dif­fer­ent spot and headed to Matauri Bay to meet emer­gency ser­vices. He was treated at Bay of Is­lands Hos­pi­tal, re­ceiv­ing 10 stitches to close the wound on his hand.

And de­spite the drama, he was “pretty stoked” that he had landed his king­fish.

The dive had been his first since re­turn­ing from a stint with the Navy in the Pa­cific Is­lands, and the at­tack had not put him off. He was ac­tu­ally think­ing about go­ing back out on Sun­day.


Kevin Lloyd (right) with the king­fish he man­aged to land de­spite be­ing at­tacked by a mako shark.

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