Paul Marshallsea had himself a fun little beach day recently.
While spending some time in Queensland last week, the South Wales native spotted a large shark headed towards a group of children. Rather than panic or waste time by seeking help, the 62-year-old grandfather decided to take matters into his own hands.
He walked over to the water, waited until the shark was within grasp, and then he grabbed it by the tail in an effort to drag it away from the people nearby. Ultimately, after nearly getting his leg chomped off, Marshallsea was able to chase the damn thing away.
"It just missed me with a bite, which was a fraction away from my leg. A shark that one minute ago was so docile now just nearly took my leg off," he later told reporters.
"It's shallow for about six yards where the shark was and a lot of babies and toddlers splash about there," Marshallsea explained. "It could have been very nasty.
"My instincts took over and I grabbed the shark by the tail. I know it was dangerous but it almost looked beautiful. You have to respect a beautiful animal."
The genuine bewilderment with which Marshallsea described how the shark tried to bite him inevitably invites a pretty obvious question: what was he expecting?
It’s a shark.
Who says heroism is a young man’s game?