After Shark Bite, Guy Stitches Leg, Grabs a Beer
New Zealand doctor wasn't too worried
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jan 28, 2014 10:25 AM CST
James Grant believes it was a seven-gill shark that bit him.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – When a New Zealand man felt something odd on his leg while spearfishing, he assumed it was one of his buddies. "I looked behind to see who it was and got a bit of a shock," James Grant, a 24-year-old doctor, tells Radio New Zealand. It was, apparently, a seven-gill shark—which can grow to almost 10 feet, an expert tells Though he couldn't see it, he guessed its jaw spanned about 8 inches. His next thought: "Bugger, now I have to try and get this thing off my leg." Grant stabbed at it using a knife already in his hand, the Guardian reports. "Put a few nicks in it," he says.

After getting out of the water, he discovered bite marks about 2 inches long. Fortunately, he had a first aid kit handy, so he sewed himself up before heading to the pub. There, he got a beer—and a bandage so he didn't bleed all over the floor. He later got "proper" stitches from colleagues, 3 News reports. Yesterday, he was back at work. The biggest downside: "It would have been great if I had killed it because there was a fishing competition on" at the pub, Grant tells Stuff.

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Jan 28, 2014 5:28 PM CST
This guy has huevos the size of grapefruit. Most guys think they are tough until they see something like this.
Jan 28, 2014 5:28 PM CST
I was a nature guide at an ocean front preserve. Visitors would always ask me, before going in for a swim or snorkel … "are there sharks out there in the water?" I would tell them, "Yes, that's where they live". One day sharks were chasing a school of small fish in the surf and to get away, the fish wriggled up on the beach with the breaking waves. The sharks came right after them… it was quite a sight. For some reason, none of our visitors [humans] wanted to go in for a swim.
Jan 28, 2014 12:47 PM CST
You might be an alcoholic if: you stop at the pub on the way to the hospital to have your shark bite attended to.