A BRICKLAYER has told how he fought off a giant great white shark with a fishing spear after being attacked off Australia’s west coast.
Joe Petrovich was diving alone when the 15ft monster stalked him for ten terrifying minutes near the beaches of Perth.
The terrifying moment the 15ft great white shark closed in for the kill[/caption]
Bricklayer Joe Petrovich was spearfishing with pals when he was stalked by the giant[/caption]
He was spearfishing about 250m from his boat when the fearsome predator started to slowly circle him.
Panicking, Joe said he desperately swam towards his vessel but the shark followed him all the way.
After about five minutes, the shark finally came for Joe who speared it in the head in an attempt to get away, reports 7 News.
However, the shark soon came back for more and bit off part of the Aussie’s flipper – as it lunged for his foot.
Joe said: “I could have put my fist down its throat it was that close.
“I was s*** scared. I mean how would you be? I think I’m going to lose one leg and I might lose the bottom half of the other one as well.
“You’ve only got one shot…it’s very hard to kill and animal that big. If you wound it you are only going to make in angrier.”
Joe said he knew if he could make it back to his boat – which was smaller than the shark – he would probably be okay.
“It was following me, it was pretty much stalking me all the way back, trying to find a weakness in my defence,” he said.
“It was coming at me from lots of different directions, the left-hand side, the right-hand side, it’s coming at me from underneath.
“(The shark) was doing basically what it does all the time….It was just looking for a feed. I just wish it wasn’t me.”
Joe and his pals were in a small boat about a miles off the coast at Burns Beach on Saturday when they decided to dive after a school of snapper.
However, his mates who were spearfishing nearby had been totally oblivious to his brush with death.
The shark continued to lurk around the boat for another 10 minutes before the friends made a quick getaway.
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Fisheries officers have now requested photographs of the shark from the divers to confirm its species and Surf Life Saving WA was asked to conduct helicopter patrols in the area.
The Marmion Marine Park – the area where Joe and his pals were fishing – is described by Parks and Wildlife as a paradise for divers.
“The clear shallow lagoons, reefs and small islands of Marmion Marine Park are a diver’s paradise, forming ledges, caves and swimthroughs inhabited by a wonderful array of fish and invertebrate species,” it says.
The predator stalked Joe for ten minutes and even chewed a chunk off his flipper[/caption]
Joe and his pals were in a small boat about a miles off the coast at Burns Beach, Perth[/caption]