Seeing a tourist wrestle a shark is something one doesn't expect to see on a beach visit, but that's exactly what many saw at Bullock Beach recently. Paul Marshallsea, 62, took control when a shark came up close to the shore and luckily nobody was injured. The BBC reported the details on Jan. 21.
Marshallsea was vacationing at the beach in Australia when the dusky whaler shark came up very close to where a number of people, including children, were standing. The tourist jumped in and was seen wrestling the shark away from the crowd, and he narrowly missed having his leg bitten in the process.
The Birmingham Mail notes that the shark had been lingering in the area throughout the day, as an area lifeguard shared. Luke Turner says that he and another lifeguard had been tracking the shark throughout the morning, and chased it away once. It came back a few hours later, and that's when Marshallsea and a wildlife rescue guy jumped into the water to get it away from the bathing area.
The shark was about 6 feet long, and wildlife experts say the dusky whaler rarely attacks humans. They suspect for it to go so close to shore may be a sign it was injured or sick and thus disoriented or stressed. Luckily in this case nobody was injured, as the tourist wrestled the shark away from the area successfully.
A local news crew captured footage of the incident, which has become a viral sensation on line. You can check out the video of Marshallsea wrestling the shark at the top of the page.