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Welsh Man Wrestles Shark To Protect Children On The Beach [Video]

Welsh Man Wrestles Shark

A Welsh man was vacationing on the Sunshine Coast, Australia, when he ended up wrestling a shark in order to protect a group of children.

Paul Marshallsea was enjoying a cook out with his family when he heard someone yell “shark.” He reacted immediately, running toward the shoreline to see what was going on. The 62-year-old man spotted the shark and instinctively reacted to protect children who were swimming nearby. Marshallsea was quoted by BBC, describing the incident:

“Where this shark actually came ashore, it is shallow for about five or six yards, and a lot of babies and toddlers splash about there – it could have been very nasty. My instincts took over and I just grabbed the shark by the tail. I know it was dangerous but it almost looked beautiful – you have got to have respect for a beautiful animal.”

The shark was eventually led out to deeper waters and away from the beach using helicopters and flotation devices.

Marshallsea, a former coal merchant, was in Australia on holiday with his wife, daughter and some friends. He never expected that the relaxing day would lead to a wrestling match with a six-foot-long shark.

Although Australian coastguards do not recommend wrestling with sharks, they admit that Marshallsea’s actions could have saved lives. The “dusky shark,” as reported by Wikipedia, can be dangerous to humans. As of 2009 there have been six reports of dusky shark attacks. Three of the attacks were reported as unprovoked, and one ended in a fatality.

As reported by, an Australian TV crew was on location and captured the man wrestling the shark on film.

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18 Responses to “Welsh Man Wrestles Shark To Protect Children On The Beach [Video]”

  1. Sue Kaiser

    nice that the shark in the article is a dusky shark, but for sick value the media had to use a pic of a great white.

  2. Kitwench Ferret

    Ok, I get that having the shark on the beach is a problem, but it appears that by the time he waded in after it there's no one else IN the water.
    I see no kids in the water in this footage, just a bunch of people harassing the shark in a manner that could have easily led to it moving just out of sight , then returning…
    Why not just make sure that everyone along the beach area knows the shark is there and get them OUT of the water, and keep an eye on the shark so you KNOW WHERE IT IS until authorities do arrive to assist it back out to sea?

  3. Michael Downes

    I'd expect this kind of outlandish behaviour from a Scotsman or an Irishman. Not the Welsh.

  4. Anthea West

    Eh excuse me? We irish wouldn't know what to do with a fecking shark let along punch it :/ Keep your stupid sterotypes to yourself.

  5. Tori Robertson

    If they hadn't put that in there I might have tried it myself. Good thinking, Aussies.

  6. Steve Finley

    I'm Irish, and _I'd_ know what to do with a feckin' shark — make it punish itself with self-hatred and turn itself white, to fit in…

  7. Steve Finley

    Came here because of the nonsensical title (if the kids are on the beach, why would they need to be protected from a shark? or is this a new species of amphibious shark, just one more thing for me to have to worry about?), but now I'm wondering. Aussie story about wrestling a shark, involving a Welsh vacationer who was in the coal business (really? you sure it wasn't a Texan on vacation from a cattle ranch, or a Spaniard on vacation from matadoring and fencing?)…come on. If it _is_ real, you have to do something to make it seem less stereotypical.

  8. Michael Patrick Rooney

    It can't be a coincidence that this man's name is "Marshallsea."

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