Only in New Zealand.
If you had any doubts about the awesomeness of New Zealand and the people who live there, this story will get rid of them.
A young New Zealand junior doctor named James Grant survived being attacked by a shark by stabbing it with his knife, stitching his own wound with a first aid kit on the shore and going to the pub for a beer before getting driven to the hospital where he worked.
Grant was spearfishing with friends this past weekend when he was attacked by what he believed was a sevengill shark in murky 6 ft waters. Since they had just gotten into the water, Grant thought at first that the nipping at his legs was one of his friends, but eventually turned around to be faced with the shark.
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“I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock,” he told Radio New Zealand. “[I thought] bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg.”
Luckily, he was carrying his diving knife, which he quickly took out and stabbed at the shark.
“I am not sure how effective it was. I guess it let go so something must have happened, put a few nicks in it.”
After successfully scaring off the shark he swam to shore where he removed his 7mm neoprene wetsuit to discover a series of 5 mm deep bite marks. He felt lucky to have had the thick wetsuit on, which he had borrowed from a friend. He eventually tried to get his friends attention to alert them of the presence of sharks, but they didn’t take him seriously.
“I thought surely he hasn’t been bitten, there’s no way he has been bitten, he’s got to be taking the piss,” Mackley Lindsay said.
While his friends continued their outing he took out a first aid kit he keeps around for his pig-hunting dogs and promptly sewed himself up. After that, instead of heading to the hospital, he took a quick detour to the Colac Bay Tavern, where he was “given a bandage because he was dripping blood on the floor.”
Eventually he made his way to Southland Hospital, where he works, to get the stitches fully done and sterilized. He was reportedly planning on returning to work today (Monday).
Despite this terrifying encounter, he plans to continue his hobby,
“When the stitches come out I will be back in the water,” Dr Grant said.
A Department of Conservation technical officer marine and shark specialist later stated that ‘although it was difficult to tell without an accurate description,’ he believed ‘the attacker was probably a broadnosed sevengill shark.’
Sevengill sharks in New Zealand are known to attack humans, whereas in other parts of the world the species supposedly avoids confrontation.