Just a fortnight ago we reported on a Surfer named Mike Coots who lost his lower leg to a shark bite and has carried on surfing with a prosthetic leg, and in that report we mentioned how often shark attacks appear in the news. It is no real shock then that we report on a UK surfer who has been attacked whilst surfing in New Zealand.
As with Mike, the Surfer attacked this time, Darren Mills, a 28 year old who originates from Crawley, has vowed to return to the ocean and cannot wait to get back on his board. Luckily in this instance Darren, who was surfing at Porpoise Beach on the South Island has not suffered any life threatening injuries and will not be left with any permanent injuries, but nonetheless was left extremely rattled straight after the event.
In the highly emotional interview with the BBC below Darren is understandably pretty choked and speaks quite candidly about his run in with the Great White and the three bites he suffered to his leg. Fortunately for Darren the adrenaline kicked in and he had the nuance and calmness to belt the shark in the head, although jokingly Darren claims it may have been more like a push!
As the Shark Cull argument rumbles on in Western Australia, this obviously couldn’t have come at a worse time for the grey men of the sea, and we have heard reports of a further attack in the South Island region recently as well as an Australian fisherman who has been killed. The cull is a highly pretentious issue and we would love to hear your thoughts on the matter?