Bodyboarder Bitten on The Bottom By Shark

A bodyboarder who was bitten on the bottom by a three-metre shark claims he was able to fight it off by punching it several times, as quoted from Daily Mail.

Gonzalo Mompo Fernandez shows the teeth marks on his wetsuit after he was bitten by a shark. Photo: Sylvia Liber

Spanish tourist Gonzalo Mompo Fernandez was surfing at wave hotspot The Farm in Shell Cove, in southern NSW, when a monster shark attacked him.

Fernandez said the predator – described as being two or three metres long – followed him as he surfed a wave and bit him through his wetsuit on Sunday evening.

The 30-year-old was able to fight off the shark by punching it several times as it attempted to circle him.

Pictures of Fernandez’s wetsuit show the frightening puncture marks where the shark had bitten through and pierced his skin.

He was with a group of other tourists at the Killalea State Park surfing spot when the shark attacked.

“We were paddling for a wave, or just going over the lip of a wave, and then the shark’s come up the back and tried to grab hold of his arse,” Jordan Hirst, who was with Fernandez at the time, told the Illawarra Mercury.

Another man was also surfing near Fernandez and spotted the shark. “I turned around and looked to the closest surfer, five metres from me the other way. I asked him if he was thinking what I thought,” the man said.

“His first words were “let’s stick together” so we did and caught the set waves… all the way to shore. Then we found the guy by the parking lot jumping with adrenaline… what a lucky escape.”

Killalea State Park posted news of the attack on Facebook. “There were several who witnessed the incident and to be honest the man was glad to be back in the land by the look on his face,” the post said.

The shark left minor grazes on the bodyboarder’s leg and he did not require medical attention.

Fernandez had only been in Australia for two days when the incident occurred.

The type of shark is unknown however several Facebook users have claimed the bite marks look like the work of a wobbegong, which is a species of carpet sharks.

Source: / April Glover


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