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  TV show helps boy fight off shark
Updated 02 August 2004, 18.43
Shark
An 11-year-old boy fought off a shark using survival skills he learned on TV.

Aaron Perez punched his attacker in the gills - a trick he picked up on a programme on the Discovery Channel.

He suffered terrible injuries in the attack at Bryan Beach in the US state of Texas. He was in surgery for four hours as doctors reattached his arm.

But he was well enough to speak to reporters on Monday. Wearing a shark T-shirt, he said the creature was "big and ugly" and "bigger than my dad".

Aaron's dad explained that his son was wading in the sea when the shark struck on 25 July.

Dogfight

"Aaron picked a fish up and he turned around to tell me, and when he did that, the shark was right there and the dog fight was on."

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