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Drunk Aussie Attacks and Kills Shark, Blames Vodka; 'I'm a Bit of an Idiot for Doing It'

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SYDNEY, Australia -- A man who caught a 4-foot shark with his bare hands off an Australian beach said on Friday he only tried the feat because he was drunk on vodka.

Phillip Kerkhof was fishing off a jetty at Louth Bay, a town on South Australia state's Eyre Peninsula 870 miles west of Sydney, when he spotted the bronze whaler shark swimming in the shallows, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

"I just snuck up behind him, and eventually I went for the big grab and I fluked it and got him," Kerkhof said.

"He was just thrashing around in the water ... starting to turn around and try to bite me and I thought 'well, it's amazing what vodka does'," Kerkhof said.

The shark bit a hole in Kerkhof's jeans, but he was uninjured.

"It's not something I'd recommend to do. When I sobered up I thought about it and I said, 'I'm a bit of an idiot for doing it'," Kerkhof said.

Many species of sharks are common in Australian waters, and there are an average of 15 shark attacks per year in the country - roughly one person each year is killed by a shark.

Last month, an abalone diver had an incredible escape after being almost swallowed head first by a huge shark off the New South Wales state coast.

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6 people have commented so far. cloud add your comment

Hopefully, karma will act quickly in giving this pathetic creature (the human, not the shark} the pay-back/justice/retribution he deserves for wontonly taking the life of an animal that was no threat to him at that point! Vodka is the only friend Phillip Kerkhof deserves!
   comment# 1   - theresia12 · Beech Island, South Carolina, USA · Feb 21, 2007 @ 3:29pm

Wow... be MORE of a less than respectable female theresia12. I think it's sad when animal life is considered more valuable than human life. Not justifying what was done, just stating my opinion.
   comment# 2   - dave · Oregon, USA · Mar 27, 2007 @ 10:26am

Lighten up! Personally considering the atrocities that mankind has plagued the planet with, I donít list this as one of the worse. He had a fight with a shark, in water and won. Slightly fairer then going out with a rod to catch a 24 inch fish, or butchering innocent creatures of all kinds with bullets and missiles from a safe distance. Itís a Funny story and to be honest pretty damn impressive. And dont start your internal dialogue about how would you like it if someone dragged you out of the water and na na na na na. If your gonna right mankind, start with some of the real issues and problems.
   comment# 3   - David · Reading,England · Jun 15, 2007 @ 1:40am

Hey he was just doing what comes natural. Man are hunters and the top predators on this planet. I have heard enough about how sharks, crocs are any other animal killing a human is just doing what is natural and it didn't mean to kill a human. Man has been hunters since their creation. I hope he ate it though, sharks are good one of my favorite FISH.
   comment# 4   - Robert Rolin · Onalaska Texas · Jun 16, 2007 @ 9:32pm

if the worse thing that happened in that day was some bloke caught a shark, drunk with his bare hands then it was a good day for the human race. what a story to tell the grand kids!!
   comment# 5   - mick · sydney, australia · Nov 30, 2007 @ 2:38am

only 4 ft? pftt id like to see him pick on a shark his own size!
   comment# 6   - Ben · Sydney · Oct 17, 2010 @ 4:03am
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