Shark Simon Williams has spoken of his relief at surviving a potentially life-threatening encounter with New Zealand surfer, Nick Minogue.
Williams was minding his own business near Pauanui Beach in New Zealand’s Coromandel region, when a chance encounter with 60-year-old amateur surfer and full-time Kiwi Nick Minogue left him facing a series of potentially lethal blows.
He told us, “I was just swimming along thinking about stopping for something to eat when the next thing I know I’m being sucker-punched by this Kiwi – right in the small of the back, then again right in my eye.
“I was stunned, but thankfully after a couple of punches he left me alone and I could make good my escape.
“Everyone knows the Kiwis are ridiculously dangerous creatures – I certainly wouldn’t want to fight one for a rugby ball – but the oceans are massive, so the chances of bumping into one out here are tiny. It’s not like this one incident should stop us sharks swimming near the coast.
“I don’t really blame the Kiwi himself, I mean it’s in their nature to be so aggressive, so I know he wasn’t necessarily being vindictive or needlessly lashing out – he just doesn’t know any better.
“I just consider myself one of the lucky ones who lived to tell the tale.”
Williams went to say the media interest in the incident has left him something of a celebrity in shark circles.
“This one female asked how I got that big black eye, and when I told her I was punched by a Kiwi she just hung on every word before asking if she could touch it.
“Thanks for that mate.”