Oct 06 2008

Getting Barrelled with a Great White

Published by at 3:43 pm under Australia,Sharks

wave shark Getting Barrelled with a Great White

From the Surfers Village.

Fergal Smith, 21, was two miles off the coast of Perth in Western Australia when he caught a wave. Fergal, of County Mayo, Ireland, only realised he was inches from the shark when photographer Phil Gallagher showed him the photo.

Contributors to Australia’s Surfing Life magazine awarded Fergal the “Euro surf-dude of the month” award. ASL website reads: “Just imagine being in the barrel and looking at a massive shark like you’re at the bloody aquarium or something. Hats off to you Fergal Smith, you’re our Euro surf-dude of the month.”

Photographer Phil Gallagher, 29, from Perth, said: “Great Whites are common out here but I have never seen one that near to a surfer before.” Fergal Smith said he “couldn’t help but laugh” when he saw the photograph but added that his mother Brid, 51, had “freaked out big time”. He added: “I saw a grey shape in the wave but I thought it was the reflection of a slab of rock – how wrong was I?”

Since 1876 Great White sharks have been responsible for 65 deaths and 242 recorded non-fatal attacks worldwide. Australia has had the most fatal Great White attacks in the world with 27 deaths, the most recent in 2005.

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7 responses so far

  • jack the RIPPER

    2 miles of the coast of Perth my ass, thats definitely about 200 miles south of perth is what they meant to say ;)

  • http://none reality check

    those are actually porpouses you dumb ass, not sharks that whole thing is bull shit.

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  • megan

    just wow but stupid

  • megan

    dude you can so tell that thats fake get some real stuff!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • megan

    see even my 4 yr old sister even knows thats fake thats pretty sad !!!!!!Lol

  • baittackle

    Funny how we fool ourselves into believing that this is a rare experience (aside from the fact that it’s caught on video/photo). These things are around us all the time in the water.