New Zealander Fights Off Shark, Stitches Own Leg, Heads to Pub

New Zealand Shark James Grant

New Zealanders are apparently a badass bunch. James Grant, a 24-year-old New Zealand doctor, fought off a shark, stitched his own leg up, and then went to the pub.

James Grant was spearfishing with friends near Colac Bay at the base of New Zealand’s South Island on Saturday when he felt a tug on his leg. After realizing it was a shark and not his friend playing a prank, James thought, “bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg.”

So he did what any rugged New Zealander would do, said “that’s not a knife, THIS is a knife (presumably), and stabbed the shark with his spear before rushing to shore.

“I sort of just fought the shark off. The shark got a few stabs. The knife wasn’t long enough though,” he told reporters after.

After taking off his wetsuit he discovered bites marks up to 5cm long on his leg. This is the point where I would sit down, cry, and wait for someone to take me to the hospital, but Grant sutured his own wound using a first aid kit he kept in his vehicle and joined his friends at Colac bay Tavern to celebrate.

“It would have been great if I had killed it because there was a fishing competition on at the Colac Bay Tavern,” Grant said.

“I am pretty grateful to have my leg still,” he added. “When the stitches come out, I will be back in the water.”

And the award for manliest man goes to….

Via: ABC News 

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