Man fends off shark with garden broom in Australia
An Australian angler has managed to fend off a great white shark with an ordinary garden broom.
Dan Hoey was fishing for gummy sharks at Port Fairy, in south-western Victoria, with his brother and a client when an agitated 5.5-metre great white began circling their boat.
Hoey's wife, Rachael, said the trio had a pot full of bait under their aptly named 7.5-metre White Pointer boat that was most likely responsible for attracting the shark.
"It tried to take a chunk out of the motor, and it did actually leave some marks and scratches," she said.
Worried the shark was going to damage the boat's engine, Hoey grabbed a humble garden broom and used it to jab at the creature.
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He said "the beast" wouldn't leave their boat alone.
"She nearly took a chunk out of my Yamaha motors, leaving a few small dents," he said.
The shark wasn't deterred, however, so after trying to shoo it away for almost 20 minutes, Mr Hoey pulled up the anchor and sped off.
He said the shark was heavily pregnant. "She looked to be on the verge of dropping her bundles of joy very soon," he said.
Steve Norton, who was on the boat at the time, said that as he was filming last Thursday's incident he was worried the shark was going to jump out of the water and into the boat.
"It was heading straight for me," he said. "If I was in a tinny boat I would have been very worried because it was very aggressive."
He said the trio could see the shoreline in the distance and were in waters about 30 metres deep.
Rachel Hoey said her husband frequently saw great whites, but nothing quite so big.
Dan Hoey has been a professional angler for more than 30 years. The couple own Salty Dog Charters, a chartered fishing business operating out of Port Fairy.