A Victorian surfer is lucky to be alive after he was attacked by a shark numerous times just off the coast of Australia.
According to abc.net.au, police say that six people were in the water at Cathedral Rock when a white pointer shark emerged off the shore. The surfer, Marcel Brundler, thought the shark was a dolphin and told the news site, “But then I realised fairly quick because it was more than half a metre wide, with a massive dorsal fin, and it looked at me.”
“Then it kind of dived off, came back and circled me, and took a fair notch out of my board, circled me again, then it got me on my wettie, it got me on my hip. Luckily, it’s just a little scrape on my skin,” Brundler said.
He added that the shark dragged on him but luckily he was wearing a really, thick rubber wetsuit, which probably saved him from bigger injuries. “I saw he was going to come at me, so I went off my board onto the other side, to defend myself, basically use it as a shield,” said Brundler.
In his 11 years of surfing, he has only seen one shark, and he was mainly upset about the damage to his expensive surfboard and wetsuit. Brundle still plans to be back in the water soon and says, “It kind of does [put me off surfing again] but also doesn’t, because I’m always in the nature of fish, on the boat, surfing. So it’s just something you live with, it’s just a fish.”
He further described the encounter as a “really, really unpleasant morning.”
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