Australian Shark Attack Survivor: 'Shark Didn't Like the Taste of a Vegan'
Named the “unluckiest and luckiest surfer in Australia” by 9News, vegan surfer Colin Rowland has what appears to be the most Zen-like attitude after being attacked by a great white shark during an early morning surf earlier this month.
The 62-year-old was attacked off Booti Booti, south of Forster in Australia, about 20 minutes after he got into the water. Rowland states that the attack happened after he noticed dolphins surrounding his surfboard, and was then “catapulted into the air.” He suffered injuries to his foot, leg and arm before being saved by fellow surfer Billy Eitz who took him to shore. When asked how he felt, Rowland stated:
“Joyous that I’m alive.”
While the long-time surfer describes the shark, estimated to be around 4 meters long, as “monstrous,” he stated:
“It’s not the shark’s fault, I was in his territory. I just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
He also joked that he survived the attack as a result of being a ‘fully fledged vegan’ since the shark ‘simply didn’t like the taste of him.’ After getting surgery on his foot, which required 20 stitches, Rowland states that he plans to be back in the water surfing “as soon as he can stand on his back foot.”
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