An Australian surfer recounted how he escaped the jaws of a great 16ft white shark by shoving his surfboard into its mouth and punching it in the face.
Phil Mummert, 28, was glided at Bunker Bay – 150 miles from Perth – as he was knocking off his board with giant predators.
Phil was then bitten in the leg by a shark, leaving him with deep wounds in his leg.
The attack happened on July 31st, but details of the incident appeared fully on surf site Magic Seaweed today.
“The tail half is still attached to me with my leg [leg rope] and it was in its mouth.
“It ended between me and the shark, so I grabbed it with both hands and tried to push it into its mouth.
“Others in the water said that I also punched him in the head and nose. I remember the shark swimming around me and I was just trying to keep an eye on him and I tried to push him away.”
“I remember seeing the size of its dorsal as it swam around. It was very large, at least a meter tall. It was still there beside me when others approached me,” said Mummert.
“Once I realized what was going on, my first instinct was to just keep that board in its mouth, because I think if he bites he won’t bite me.”
Three friends who were in the water at the time ran to support him and tried to lift Phil onto a long plank and bring him ashore.
He was then taken to a nearby hospital where they pinned his badly injured leg along with 63 needles.
“Really, I shouldn’t live. Or at least lose a leg,” he told the magazine.
There have been 5 fatal shark attacks in Australia this year.
Last month, an Australian father rescued his son from a shark’s jaws after he snatched him off a fishing boat and began torturing him.
A local diver claimed people who witnessed the attack off the Tasmanian coast believed the culprit could be a large white man.
The child was cut to the arm, chest and head during the ordeal about 5km off the coast of Tasmania on Friday afternoon local time.
The shark is said to have swam away after his father fought it.