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Surf ski bites enter folklore
Nick Unmack and Martin kane.

There's something "eerily similar" about the two surf-skis hanging from the roof of a Fremantle restaurant.

They both have virtually the same bite marks from sharks that attacked the skis about the same time in the morning.

Four months after his surf-ski was bitten through by a shark off Mullaloo beach just after 7am, Martin Kane has given it to Cicerello's.

It shares pride of place with a double ski owned by Brian Sierakowski and Barney Hanrahan, which was attacked by a 5m great white off Cottesloe 15 years ago.

Mr Kane miraculously escaped the 3.5m shark thanks to quick-thinking friends in his paddling group who brought him to shore.

"It's fantastic it's found a home," the 62-year-old said of his Interceptor ski.

"We did have it down at Mullaloo Surf Life Saving Club but it scared the kids a bit from going into the water.

"It's kind of apt it's now in a place that serves up fish as food."

Cicerello's has donated $1000 to the club for the ski.

Mr Sierakowski said North Cottesloe Surf Life Saving Club would like his ski back.

Club president Craig Smith-Gander confirmed it was planning a memorabilia collection as part of a clubroom renovation. But Henry Liascos, the restaurant owner, said the skis were "part of folklore" and he would not part with them.

And Cicerello's general manager Nick Unmack said the two skis tied in with the venue's ocean theme.

"The bite marks on Martin's ski are eerily similar and both attacks occurred about the same time of the morning," he said.

Mr Kane is gradually getting over the trauma of almost being taken by a shark.

"I still feel a bit of trepidation when I go paddling," he said.

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