bbc.com 04 May, 2021 12:45 am

Shark attack survivor wins right to keep tooth left in surfboard

Shark attack survivor wins right to keep tooth left in surfboard
Surfer Chris Bowes lost his leg but authorities return a tooth the shark left wedged in his board.

Now the state has granted him an exemption, and Mr Blowes says he's keeping the tooth as a "souvenir".Chris Blowes p image captionChris Blowes says he's keeping the tooth as a souvenir to show his grandchildren."And then from that day I wasn't allowed to see the tooth," says Mr Blowes.Mr Blowes says he asked officials several times if he could have the tooth returned, but it was only after a local politician heard about his case that an exemption was granted.

Chris Blowes p image captionMr Blowes has taught himself how to surf with his prosthetic leg "It was stuck in my board," Mr Blowes says.Mr Blowes says he is keeping the tooth in a case in his house and and taking it along to motivational talks he gives about his attack.

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