SpyderScout wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:02 am
The real world is not far from the above scenario ... to say the least. A determined/attacking shark is something to behold.
Knives may offer some defence over smaller sharks provided your in a situation were you see the shark coming and you can arm yourself.
I’ll relay a first hand account I had with a large shark to the best of my recollection and without exaggeration. I was still an apprentice, drove a pretty new 2Litre VW Combi and camped, surfed and fished up and down the east coast from Sydney every chance I got. Beloved wife was my girlfriend then and she used to surf too.
We where camped on a headland a few hundred kilometres up the coast for a couple of weeks and I got to meet one of the local Professional Fishermen, older than us but a mad surfer too and we hit it off with him and his wife and spent time together.
One night I went with him to set a drum line for sharks. The next morning we’d hooked One Big Mother Black Whaler nearly as big as his 14” tinny that we tail roped, unshackled from the drum and barely managed to drag the mile odd back to the beach the fishing boats launched from.
We ran the tinny up the beach but Tarzan couldn’t have pulled this thing up the beach so we used the winch from the boathouse that was used to pull fishing boats out of the water to drag it up. It was a bloody monster out of the water and close up, about as round as a 44gal drum. It’s tail was about 4’ or more from tip to tip and it was still alive.
This is about were most of you will switch off but I have no reason to lie. Murray wasn’t a small man and the 3 or 4lb axe wasn’t the sharpest but two forceful blows like you’d swing to split wood Did Not break the skin. The third blow did a little and the fourth actually buried the blade to some extent. The tip of a fillet knife would not penetrate the skin and when held at the sharks flank and hit with the palm of the other hand in an attempt to drive it in, flexed the blade and threatened to break it.
We ended up using a bush saw to get under the skin.