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Spear fisherman's camera captures tense fight with aggressive shark

By
Ben Hooper
Spear fisherman Brad Vale is attacked by a reef shark off the Australian coast. Screenshot: Perth Now/Facebook
Spear fisherman Brad Vale is attacked by a reef shark off the Australian coast. Screenshot: Perth Now/Facebook

CORAL BAY, Australia, June 16 (UPI) -- An Australian spear fisherman's head-mounted camera recorded his encounter with an aggressive reef shark that attempted to bite him through his wetsuit.

Brad Vale, 19, who posted his video to YouTube, said he was spearfishing for mackerel Wednesday off the coast of Coral Bay when he noticed the approximately 5-foot reef shark circling him.

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"I dived down and just sort of sat down at the bottom and a shark came in on me," Vale told Perth Now.

"He got a bit close then did a big turn at me and charged so I gave him a poke. When I poked him he just turned back and without me noticing I looked down and he was already chewing on my gut," he said. "I got to the surface and was going to shoot it but I didn't even have time to do that. He sort of latched on to my stomach and I tried to hit it with my gun in my hand but he let go pretty quick."

Vale said the shark left several puncture marks on the torso of his wetsuit, but the predator failed to break his skin.

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"I'd say it's just a reef shark but up here they're pretty aggressive," he said.

"We deal with them all the time when we dive but it's very rarely that one gets too close ... they'll never turn on you because when you jab them it sends a big shock through their sonar system and it gives a bad vibe to them and they used to swim away," Vale said. "This was a bit of a different one."

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