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21 July 2015 @ 07:17 pm
Fark, shark!  
I'm guessing most people have seen Mick Fanning's escape from that shark at J-Bay in South Africa. If you haven't, the video is below, but I warn you, it's not the sort of thing you want to watch if you're planning to go into the water this week.

Mick kicked and punched the shark and was able to get away, despite losing his board. Another surfer, Julian Wilson, started powering in towards him to get him onto his board, while jetskis and boats swiftly closed in on the two of them and hauled them out of the water while shark sirens blared and everyone else rushed onto dry land.

After the incident, Fanning realised his Mum must have been watching the broadcast and so went out in front of TV cameras so he could show her he was OK. Wilson was interviewed and started off with a standard courageous 'Well, it's just what you do, isn't it?' before he got further into the story and said 'and then the wave came up and I couldn't see him' and he dissolved into tears because he thought he'd just watched his mate die.

And I just want to give them a jolly big hug and call them good boys, if it wouldn't all sound as though I was being a middle-aged lady treating them like labradors.
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blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 21st, 2015 02:52 pm (UTC)
It's because humans taste like bacon. True fact!
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l.m.incandescent on July 21st, 2015 12:32 pm (UTC)
I did see that! I particularly enjoyed his contained terror as he beat that shark back. I mean, I thought he really kept ahold of himself, considering.

They were so sweet. My poor slashy brain kept telling me they had to be sleeping together or at least in the throes of UST before I smacked it soundly and told it to stop.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 21st, 2015 02:54 pm (UTC)
He did everything right, but I'd be amazed if he got a good night's sleep this week. Still, it must be nice for him to see how much all his fellow surfers love him. They're good lads! Good bronzed lads with tousled hair and homoerotic subtext;-)
l.m.incandescent on July 22nd, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
Oh man, I'd forgotten the bronzing...
excentric397excentric397 on July 21st, 2015 01:39 pm (UTC)
Wow. That was pretty scary, even when you're not in the water, too. Someone should tell announcers that they really don't need to keep talking constantly, especially when they don't actually have anything to say. Did he go back and finish the heat when it was safe? I think if I saw a shark fin that close to me, I'd be rethinking that whole 'let's get into the ocean' thing.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on July 21st, 2015 02:57 pm (UTC)
I confess I don't know which commentator is on that video, but on the news here you heard the voice as he came off his board and disappeared behind the swell saying 'Oh, shit …' to which we were all 'YES, EXACTLY!'

They cancelled the event, which I think was the only sane response. Prizes were split between the finalists.
excentric397excentric397 on July 21st, 2015 03:01 pm (UTC)
I heard the 'Oh, shit'. I probably would have said worse. Cancelling, yeah. Getting eaten would kind of take the fun out of winning.
oakstone730oakstone730 on July 21st, 2015 11:10 pm (UTC)
I've watched the footage of this so many times, it is just mesmerizing. I just can't imagine how his heart must've been pounding. There is another clip that shows him swimming full-speed towards the shore and then spotting the sleds coming for him.
Jaeenchanted_jae on July 22nd, 2015 02:30 am (UTC)
Scary, and it's amazing how calm everyone seemed afterward.
montjoyemontjoye on July 22nd, 2015 07:54 am (UTC)
I confess I had a little weep along with his mate.
Admiral of Strange Shipsnoeon on July 24th, 2015 02:51 am (UTC)
" if it wouldn't all sound as though I was being a middle-aged lady treating them like labradors."

Perfect. And given the circumstances, entirely appropriate I should thing. Wow!