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Diver lives to tell of being swallowed by a Great White Shark (Head First)

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  1. Dream34

    Dream34 Contributing Member

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    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/16785242/?GT1=8921


    Diver describes being partly swallowed by shark :eek: :eek:

    Australian says he was stuck for up to 2 minutes before jabbing shark's eye


    • Narrow escape

    Jan. 23: Australian diver pokes a 10-foot shark in the eye, enabling him to escape the Great White's bite.

    Updated: 12:55 p.m. ET Jan 24, 2007

    SYDNEY, Australia - An Australian diver on Wednesday told of how he wriggled free from the jaws of a Great White Shark that had half-swallowed him head first, saying he could feel the shark’s teeth sink into his weight vest.

    “I’ve never felt fear like it til I was inside those jaws, with those teeth getting dragged across my body,” abalone diver Eric Nerhus told the Nine television network from his hospital bed a day after the attack off Australia’s south-east coast.

    Nerhus, 41, was partly swallowed by the 9-foot shark when it attacked at less than three feet below the surface, but said he managed to fight his way free by jabbing the shark’s eye with his free left hand.

    “I went straight into its mouth, front onwards. My shoulders, my head and one arm went straight down into its throat. I could feel the teeth crunching up and down on my weight vest,” he said.

    Nerhus said he was collecting abalone when the shark struck, knocking the regulator, which supplies oxygen, from his mouth and leaving him inside the shark’s open jaws and throat.

    “I put my left arm down the side of its face because my head and shoulders and right arm were right down in its throat. Half my body was in its mouth,” Nerhus said.

    “I felt down to the eye socket with my stiff fingers. I poked my fingers into the eye socket, which the shark reacted to in a way that it opened its mouth a bit, and I just tried to wriggle out,” he said.

    As he pulled his head from the shark’s mouth, it crushed his goggles against his face, leaving Nerhus with a broken nose.


    In shark's grip for 2 minutes

    He estimated he was in the shark’s grip for up to two minutes. Once free, he grabbed his regulator for air and began to surface slowly, worried the shark circling him would attack again.

    “It was just circling around my flippers, around and around in tight circles,” he said. “As I was coming up out of the water, it was coming up under my legs.”

    Nerhus was pulled from the water by his son and other divers in their fishing boat before being flown to hospital, where he was treated for lacerations around his body and his broken nose.

    The diver said he was lucky to survive, but he was determined not to die in the jaws of a shark.

    “I couldn’t think of a worse way to go than to end up as fish food. That’s why I fought back. I was determined I didn’t want to go like that. I like life too much,” Nerhus said.

    “I’m so fortunate that my survival instincts and reflexes took over,” he said.

    Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Reuters content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Reuters.


    Wow - Talk about being fortunate enough to survive that ordeal. Wow....
     
  2. Surfguy

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    That is one unlucky and lucky man at the same time. Imagine being in that spot. Two f-ing minutes? :eek: He must of won the lottery on getting out of that. Just unbelievable.

    He has to be the only person in the world with this distinction. If he doesn't get rich off of this, then he messed something up. He could be the next Steve Irwin. Join the Irwins! Bindi needs a father and we need a new crocodile hunter.
     
  3. MR. MEOWGI

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    Mammal food.
     
  4. OmegaSupreme

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    whatever.


























    :p
     
  5. Cohen

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    Uh...ok, I'll take the bait.

    Why is being eaten by a mammal worse than being eaten by a fish?
     
  6. RocketFan007

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    Read the other shark thread.
     
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    i'm not saying i'd be the best timekeeper while being chewed on by a great white shark, but i have a hard time believing 2 minutes. that's a LONG time, especially in shark ass-chewing minutes. the shark would've either snapped you in half or released you by then, not just carried you around waiting for you to poke it in the eye. and shark's don't strike me as patient.
     
  8. Mr. Brightside

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    Getting eaten by a shark is an honorable way to go out. I really wouldn't mind it much as this guy.
     
  9. Nelly

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    yeh it prolly just FELT like two minutes for him. being in that type of situation, it prolly felt like forever
     
  10. vunny1408

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    Sorry old man. No photos, no proof. You shoulda taken a happy snap while you were being eaten.
     
  11. univac hal

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    It was probably 20 seconds.. theory of relativity

    But thanks to Mr Nerhus, I now know how to survive a deep sea encounter with a great white:

    [​IMG]
     
  12. aussie rocket

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    aussies are tough.

    we beat up all day long on sharks and crocs... you know, **** like that.
     
  13. getsmartnow

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    There's only one sea creature we all fear now...

    Too soon? I'm not game enough to say it, I'll leave it open for anyone else. (Like the South Park guys)
     
  14. rhadamanthus

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    Dude. A shark is a fish, not a mammal.

    You are thinking of whales.
     
  15. MR. MEOWGI

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    Whatever.
     
  16. weslinder

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    The dude should have went to Nineveh.
     
  17. rhadamanthus

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    [​IMG]

    :D
     
  18. rrj_gamz

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    That is pretty amazing...part of me wants to call BS, but hey, I'll give him the benefit of the doubt...
     

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