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Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked

Surfer 'punched shark in face' as he was being attacked

A British doctor was surfing with two friends at Avoca Beach 60 miles north of Sydney, Australia, when a shark bit into his right shoulder in a "terrifying" moment that "only lasted five seconds".

"I just punched it with my left hand and shouted out to my mates and paddled so hard back to shore".

'I turned and I saw this shark come out of the water and breach its head.

"So, Mick, if you're watching or listening, I owe you a beer". "I've just gotten here and I've already been attacked".

Mr Fry told the Today show he was out surfing with three friends when he felt a "massive thud". "I'm literally about to die, '" Dr Fry said.

"It was just pure adrenaline, I genuinely thought I was going to die, like "you're about to be eaten alive by a shark", so everything slowed down, like "get on your board and surf".

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Mick Fanning of Australia (pictured blue) is hugged by Kelly Slater (US) after being attacked by a shark during the Final of the JBay Open on Sunday July 19, 2015. It was very, very hectic.

Mr Fry wasn't seriously injured and only suffered bite marks to his shoulder and arm.

Following the attack, Avoca and North Avoca beaches were closed, and authorities began scouring waters for the shark involved the attack.

Although attacks are relatively rare, there a number of things a swimmer can do to practice "shark safety" and minimise their chances of coming face to face with the ocean predator. The Sun reported that lifeguards spotted a great white shark, reported to be an estimated 10-feet long, and a bronze whaler shark in the area shortly afterwards.

Experts say incidents are increasing as water sports become more popular and baitfish move closer to shore, but fatalities remain rare.


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