NZ Man Fights Off Shark, Stitches Wounds, Heads to Bar

A New Zealand man spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay off South Island was attacked by a shark Saturday. James Grant, 24, fended off the shark with his knife, sewed up the wounds himself, and visited the bar before seeking medical attention at a hospital.

Grant was in only six feet of water when the attack occurred. Given the murkiness of the sea, he initially thought his friends were screwing with him. It wasn't.

"I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock," Grant told Radio New Zealand.

Because of the water clarity, Grant said he had no idea how large the shark truly was. He believed it was a sevengill shark that was about 8 inches across at the jaw. And while seeing even a small shark go to town on my leg would scare the bejesus out of me and most mere mortals, Grant was merely annoyed.

"[I thought] bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg," he said.

So he stabbed the shark with his knife several times in an attempt to do just that.

"I am not sure how effective it was. I guess it let go so something must have happened. [I] put a few nicks in it."

With the shark off his leg, Grant made his way to the rocks to investigate his wounds. His leg held several bites; the largest of which measured 5 cm in length. Grant, a junior doctor, pulled the first aid kit from his vehicle and sewed his wounds the best he could. From there his friends transported him to Colac Bay Tavern (for a drink maybe) before heading to the hospital. Grant returned to work at the same hospital on Monday.

So what does Grant have to say about his attack?

"It would have been great if I had killed it [the shark] because there was a fishing competition on at the Colac Bay Tavern," Grant told Stuff.co.nz.

What a tough guy! Would you have remained as calm as Grant? I know I probably wouldn't have. Comment below!