‘So, this is going to be a seaside holiday, is it?’ Uncle Max asked. He
is Mum’s brother, the one who didn’t get married, and he often comes to
have dinner with us.
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bit of fishing…’
‘Fishing, eh?’ Uncle Max interrupted. ‘Did I ever tell you about the
time I caught an 800-kilogram shark with my teeth?’
‘No,’ Dad sighed, rolling his eyes. ‘But I’m sure you will.’ Uncle Max
was famous for his stories.
‘Well,’ said Uncle Max,pushing his plate to one side. ‘It was like this.
I was out fishing in my little dinghy one day when a monster shark swam
by. Seeing there were swimmers in the water not far away, I frabbed the
anchor, baited it with a fish I had caught, and threw it over the side.
I wrapped the anchor chain twice around the my waist and waited.
‘Sure enough, that shark took the bait. As soon as he felt the anchor,
he took off, pulling me and my little boat after him. For two days and
two nights he dragged me around the ocean. A storm blew up, but with my
incredible balance I was able to stay standing.
‘At last, on the third day, the storm finished and I felt the shark
growing tired. I unwrapped the chain and began to reel him in. Just as I
got the shark near the boat, the chain snapped and he started to swim
‘Quickly I dived overboard and swam after him. He saw me and turned to
attack. Calmly, I waited until he was close and then punched him on the
nose, knowing him out cold. I grabbed his tail between my teeth and
began to tow him to shore, about 12 kilometres away.’
‘On the beach, I threw him over my shoulder and jogged to the nearest
marine park. As far as I know, that shark is still there—and you can
still see my teeth marks in his tail.’
‘Wow!’ I said. ‘Uncle Max, you must be a real, live hero.’
‘That is a wonderful story, Max,’ said Mum. She had just come into the
room with the coffee pot. ‘But you left two things out of it.’
‘Oh?’ said Uncle Max, puzzled. ‘And what are they?’
‘Well, Max,’ Mum smiled, ‘you’re the only person I know who get seasick
in a bath—and you can’t swim!’