Sharks are often given a bad rep.
They’re perceived as predators who are only out to hunt man meat. However, plenty of experts have stood by the beguiling sea creature saying that they are peaceful unless provoked.
We’ve read countless stories about swimmers, divers and surfers suffering from shark attacks. This time around, we’re turning the tables. One shark named Simon Williams have come forward to tell us of its harrowing tale with an Aussie surfer.
He was just going about his underwater business at Jeffreys Bay off the South African coast when all of a sudden, he felt something nudge on his back. “I was just swimming along thinking about stopping for something to eat when the next thing I know I’m being sucker-punched by this Aussie – right in the small of the back,” he recalled.
“I was stunned, but thankfully after a couple of punches he left me alone and I could make good my escape,” he goes on to share the horrifying ordeal.
It was a chance encounter with professional Australian surfer Mick Fanning who left shark Simon suffering some serious blows. “Everyone knows Aussies are ridiculously dangerous creatures, but the oceans are massive so the chances of bumping into one out here are tiny – it’s not like it should stop us swimming near the coast.” Simon explained. “I don’t really blame the Aussie himself, I mean it’s in their nature so I know he wasn’t necessarily being vindictive or needlessly lashing out – he just doesn’t know any better. I just consider myself one of the lucky ones who lived to tell the tale.”
Now that he’s come forward with his story, Simon is considered quite the celebrity among his shark peers. “This one female asked how I got that big bruise on my back, and when I told her I was punched by an Aussie she just hung on every word before asking if she could touch it.”