The fisherman from Darwin, Australia was fishing off a jetty last weekend when one of his friends caught a shark. In a bid to help his friend, 45-year-old Jamie Hall climbed down onto the lower level of the jetty and realised his friend had caught a shark.
The two men managed to drag the beast onto the landing.
However, when Mr Hall grabbed the shark by the tail, it swung round and latched onto his leg, leaving a nasty bite.
Mr Hall told 9News: “I was like: ‘He bit me!’ and then I smacked his head against the steel.
“It was bleeding and carrying on – there’s still lots of blood now.”
Mr Hall said the shark was only a metre long but is unsure of its species.
But he did say the creature was a bronze colour.
He said: “This sort of shark had a bigger mouth.”
Mr Hall was planning on giving the shark to a friend who made jewellery from their skeletons.
When he was first bitten, Mr Hall did not think it was serious.
Instead of going straight to the hospital, he jumped into the sea to wash the wound.
He said: “I was just going to go home and give it some Betadine and that would do it.”
He even thought about riding his bike home, rather than going to the hospital because they were so close to one another.
However, one of his friends insisted on calling an ambulance.
When the ambulance arrived, he was then transported to the Royal Darwin Hospital.
The bite was so serious that he spent two nights recovering in a ward.
He said: “They’ve removed dead skin and stuffed it full of bits and pieces and then wrapped it up and that’s it.”
Mr Hall was already planning his next fishing trip while he was recovering.
He said: “We get GT’s, queenies, barra and coral trout – there’s generally a good spread of species there.
“I’ve caught a swag of sharks there before and I’ve never been bitten by one, so you know, what’s the odds?”
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory of Australia.
It is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, with a population of only 148,564.
The city is the smallest, wettest and most northerly of the Australian capitals and is close to South East Asia.