South Australian shark attack victim wins six-year legal battle to keep beast's tooth
A surfer who lost his leg in a shark attack has won a six-year legal battle to keep the beast’s tooth.
Chris Blowes was mauled on Anzac Day in 2015 while surfing at South Australia’s Fishery Bay.
The great white shark took his leg but left a tooth behind, embedded in his board.
Under the state’s Fisheries Management Act, it is illegal to possess, sell or purchase any part of the protected species.
Doing so risks the perpetrator a penalty of six-figure fines or two years’ imprisonment.
But on Sunday, Blowes announced he’d won a battle to receive an exemption to own the tooth.
He thanked Primary Industries Minister David Basham for allowing it.
“Thanks @david_basham_mp for getting me a permit to possess the white shark’s tooth that was stuck in my surfboard after my attack,” he wrote on social media.
“Under strict conditions, I am now allowed to have this tooth that has been with the fisheries for the last six years.”
Blowes said he would take the tooth with him to any motivational talks he does.
He was …
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