Wrestling with bulls, horses, and crocs, are just a few familiar stunts we see on television. But shark-wrestling? Nah, it is a different story!
What do we expect when a biped land creature tries to ‘fight’ with an evolved predator of the sea?
Like a cowboy, an adventurous 29-year-old Australian man, Josh “Ferrett” Neille, leaped into the water in an attempt to rope a nine-foot shark. However, his act got out of hand; leading to a painful result.
Josh’s colleagues filmed his weird attempt to “land” the shark armed only with a rope in a “shark and croc-infested waters” near the town of Weipa, in the remote cape region of Queensland’s tropical far north Australia.
The video showed Josh jumping into the water from their boat, and trying to grab the shark by tail.
He struggled to keep hold of the predator, but the shark eventually broke free and swung back to take a yummy chunk out of his right thigh, as disclosed in a Mirrror Co Uk story.
His friends laughed during the scene and could be heard yelling at him to “put the rope on it” – but they soon realized what happened as Josh yelled in excruciating pain.
“Aww! It bit me!” he shouted.
He hurriedly climbed out of the water and got back on the boat; holding his afflicted thigh.
Josh recalled: “Just wanted to land the 9ft shark, so armed with a rope I dived into the shark and croc-infested waters in remote far North Queensland and tried to wrestle it to the boat and tail rope it.”
“After a battle for 15 seconds I found myself locked in the Sharks jaws as it thrashed a chunk from the top of my right thigh”; adding in jest he was lucky not to lose his sea cucumber instead.
He was humble to admit it was kind of a bad idea; saying: “It was a quick and regrettable decision that I realize was a stupid move, however, the plan was to release the shark without having to gaff or kill the large shark by tail-roping it.
He thanked the staff at the Weipa Hospital for treating him. “They were very helpful,” he said.
As for the poor shark, he would be missed by his family as it was hanged up on the boat – apparently dead after being caught.
Josh, however, appeared to have enjoyed his animal-catching adventure.
Other videos that he has posted online include him catching a red belly black snake with his bare hands.
Meanwhile, people who are not professionals (more so with the kids) are strictly advised not to try any stunt like it — even if they happen to have a shark at home.
Though the thrill is only real if you feel it first hand, let’s leave it to the experts.