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Well I'll be buggered, there's a shark in my boat.

Just so good to hear that fair dinkum Aussie accent and laconic approach to life!

Thanks to reader Alan for the tip on the ABC's story, which has no made the New York Times - but try as NYC's best writers might, there's no alternative to hearing Terry tell the story himself!


In “The Old Man and the Sea,” Hemingway’s protagonist battles for three days to pull in his prized catch. For Terry Selwood, it came a little more suddenly.

Mr. Selwood, 73, was less than a mile offshore near the town of Evans Head, New South Wales, in Australia when a great white shark jumped into his boat.

He had been fishing for snapper with hand lines on a calm sea when the far bigger catch appeared without warning.

“I just caught a blur coming in the corner of me eye,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Just out of instinct I threw my right arm up, and this thing hit me in the forearm and spun me around and knocked me off my feet, and I fell on the floor on my hands and knees.”