20/06/2016 2:07 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:54 PM AEST

Spearfisherman Picks A Fight With A Shark... And It Fights Back

Boy shoots shark. Shark bites boy.

There's an expletive at the end of this video of a spear fisherman firing at a shark, and it biting back.

That swear word sounds a little like "shark".

We could hardly blame the 19-year-old for being rattled -- the reef shark bit Brad Vale on the torso -- but then again, he did fire a speargun at it.

Vale told Perth Now he was about 4km off the coast of Coral Bay when the shark began to circle him.

Facebook / Brad Vale
This reef shark is not happy about being 'poked'.

"I dived down and just sort of sat down at the bottom and a shark came in on me," he told Perth Now.

"He got a bit close then did a big turn at me and charged so I gave him a poke. When I poked him he just turned back and without me noticing I looked down and he was already chewing on my gut.

"I got to the surface and was going to shoot it but I didn't even have time to do that.

Facebook / Brad Vale
Yep. The shark is biting his torso.

"He sort of latched on to my stomach and I tried to hit it with my gun in my hand but he let go pretty quick."

Moral of the story? Shooting at a shark won't make it leave you alone.

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