Notorious shark basher Mick Fanning has officially ended his professional surfing career today in the emotional final of the Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach on the Victorian coast. Despite a decorated surfing career, the three-time world champion is best remembered for surviving a shark attack at a surfing event in South Africa in 2015 by punching the marauding shark in the face.
Members of the shark community are reportedly applauding the end of Fanning’s career, telling The Watsonia Bugle that as long as Fanning was in the public eye, punching sharks in the face remained an acceptable way for humans to interact with the large fish. A shark that mainly lives off the south coast of Victoria, who gave his name as “Damo”, told us, “I’m glad to see the back of him to be honest. That shark in J-Bay was one of my mate’s cousins, and he reckons he was just swimming up to Fanno to ask for his autograph. Nek minnit he’s copping a one-two combo to the snout. It was not on.”
Damo also suggested that the way Aussies keep Fanning up on a pedestal is just another fatal blow to the already struggling relations between humans and sharks in Australian waters. He said, “Well, what do you expect mate? You humans keep lauding that shark basher, so of course we’re going to respond in kind.”