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Friday, February 16, 2007


EYRE Peninsula man, Phillip Kerkhof has wrestled a 1.3m shark - and lived to tell the tale with barely a scratch on him.

On Monday night, after "quite a few vodkas", the 42-year-old bricklayer from Louth Bay, near Port Lincoln, thought it would be a good idea to jump in the ocean and wrestle with a 1.3m bronze whaler shark that had been spotted "hanging around".

He caught the shark with his bare hands, dragging it onto the Louth Bay jetty to the cheers of other fishermen. The only damage was to his jean, which received a few nips.

But rather than keep hold of his "trophy shark" as a memento, Mr Kerkhof skinned and gutted it, and has been eating it all week. "I've got 10 or a dozen real good feeds from it, and I've still got a fair bit of him in the freezer to last me a while," he said.

Mr Kerkhof admits his actions were not very clever and "wouldn't recommend anyone try it". "It's amazing what vodka does to you, but when I woke up the next morning I thought it probably wasn't the smartest thing to do," he said.

Be encouraged.

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