Teen’s hilarious response to live TV questions after shark attack in Victoria

An Australian teenager’s hilarious response to a TV presenter’s question after surviving a shark attack and saving his partner’s life

  • Jack Shaw, 15, was at Ocean Grove Beach with his friend Tiarna on Monday
  • Couple were both in neck-deep water when bitten by a shark on Victorian beach
  • Jack suffered a cut on his back while Tiarna was later operated on in hospital
  • Laid-back teen recalled a close encounter on Wednesday’s The Today Show


A mullet-sports teenager has made The Today Show hosts laugh after casually recalling his close encounter with a shark this week.

Jack Shaw (15) was swimming with his friend Tiarna Athanasiou (15), at Ocean Grove Beach, near Geelong, on Monday evening when a suspected bronze whale shark attacked them.

He recalled the encounter on the Today Show and had a hilarious response to Sylvia Jeffreys’ question about the attack.

“How are you feeling this morning?” she asked.

‘A little stiffly tucked up. Felt like I was being bitten by a shark or something,” Shaw replied, abandoning the TV host.

‘We were in the water and then I heard some screaming – look, Tiarna had a shark on her leg. So then I found out,” said the youngster.

Jake Shaw suffered a serious cut (pictured) after being attacked by a shark in Victoria on Monday night

The laid-back youngster recalled his close encounter with the shark on Wednesday morning's The Today Show (pictured, with his mother Kim)

The laid-back youngster recalled his close encounter with the shark on Wednesday morning’s The Today Show (pictured, with his mother Kim)

Sylvia Jeffreys and David Campbell, co-hosts of The Today Show, loved teen Jack Shaw's casual reactions after his shark attack on Monday

Sylvia Jeffreys and David Campbell, co-hosts of The Today Show, loved teen Jack Shaw’s casual reactions after his shark attack on Monday

I did my best to get it off her and protect her from it. So I turned around and then I got confused myself.

“But I did my best and scared it off and then sent her back to shore.”

Remarkably, Jack confirmed that he had escaped with a ‘graze’, requiring surgery on his buddy Tiarna after she was bitten on leg, calf and hand.

Some locals believe the shark was up to eight feet in length, with Jack’s mother initially being skeptical of her son cheating death.

“Jack actually texted me. I was waiting for him to let me know when to pick him up from the beach,” she said.

“He sent a message that he was chilling out and got bit by a shark. I didn’t believe him. So I said “pictures or it didn’t happen”.’

Kim was quick to add to the gravity of the situation when she learned that the teens had been rushed to Geelong Hospital. She also wanted to thank a mystery surfer who helped both youths make it to shore before “just disappearing into the community.”

Tiarna’s mother, Corrie Athanasiou, told the Geelong Advertiser she believes the surfer’s quick-thinking actions helped save her daughter from losing her leg.

“He went up to her and set her on his board and tied his surfboard strap around her leg like a tourniquet,” she said.

Bystanders and emergency services helped both teens after they were attacked by a shark on Ocean Grove Beach, near Geelong, on Monday.

Bystanders and emergency services helped both teens after they were attacked by a shark on Ocean Grove Beach, near Geelong, on Monday.

Jack Shaw, 15, (pictured) returned to school just 24 hours after being attacked by the shark

Jack Shaw, 15, (pictured) returned to school just 24 hours after being attacked by the shark

“The surgeon said that could have saved her leg… they were very lucky.”

When further questioned about how he managed to scare the shark away, Jack replied that he was trying to ‘get bigger than he was, so he got a little scared, and he just swam off’.

The teen went on to say that his school friends “didn’t believe his encounter” until he showed them his battle scar.

Local authorities have yet to confirm which shark species attacked the teens, but it is believed the predator was most likely a bronze whaler that typically weighs 170kg.

“Nobody could describe the shark at the time, but fishermen hope to speak to the victims to get more details,” said a spokesman for the Victorian Fisheries Authority.

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