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Surfing a Shark: A Real “Fish Story” (Seaside, Oregon)

Posted by Jody on October 14, 2011

Here’s a different twist on the traditional “fish story,” and never mind how big he was. (Actually, the shark was “this big”. And, yes, he got away!)

“A surfer says he was knocked off his board by a shark off the Oregon Coast and he ended up standing on the 10-to-12-foot great white for several seconds before it swam off” according to an Associated Press article from OregonLive.   YIPES!   Now there’s a story he can tell his gradkids someday in the future, especially since he lived through the experience quite safe and whole.  No other fish story they hear will ever compare ^_^.

“… Niblack’s board hit something solid that felt like a rock, though he knew there were no rocks there. He kicked down with both feet, trying to stand up so he wouldn’t get thrashed by the next wave, and found himself standing knee-deep in water on the back of the shark.” (AP) Nothing fishy about this tale!  There was a witness.

White Shark (Attribution: Pterantula/Wikimedia Commons)

Needless to say, this story has no lack of coverage in the press at the moment (for the obvious reasons), so we’re not going to go into detail here, but the story is fascinating, and we thought it would be worthwhile to bring it to your attention!

“Seaside, Ore., surfer says he stood on shark”

“Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” -Mark Twain

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