LOS OSOS, Calif. — A surfer suffered leg bites however survived a shark assault on California’s Central Coast after kicking the huge fish away.
Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning whereas he was browsing with buddies off Montana de Oro State Park, the Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported. The world is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles.
Park Ranger Supervisor Robert Colligan stated Wapner reported being attacked by a 15-foot (four.6-meter) nice white shark that clamped down on his proper ankle after which as much as his left thigh.
Wapner informed the newspaper that the shark got here up from beneath him as he paddled into place for an incoming wave.
“All of it occurred rapidly, however I turned and noticed that it had one in every of my legs in its mouth,” Wapner stated. “The factor was enormous.”
He stated the shark thrashed and bit down on his legs for a couple of second earlier than he was capable of kick laborious and wrangle free. The shark turned and swam away.
Wapner stated he screamed to his buddies on shore: “I simply acquired attacked by a shark!”
He paddled in and one in every of his buddies drove him to the hospital, the place he acquired 50 stitches earlier than being discharged.
“I’m joyful to be alive,” he stated. “I’m nonetheless in shock. I acquired off actually fortunate.”
Wapner, a scholar at California Polytechnic State College in San Luis Obispo, stated he believes the shark was biting out of curiosity and realized the article in its mouth wasn’t the style it was in search of.
As a longtime surfer who grew up within the Los Angeles space, Wapner stated the opportunity of a shark assault often crossed his thoughts but it surely by no means appeared like a actuality. He stated he plans to proceed browsing, including that “it’s such a giant a part of my life.”
“I do know I’ll proceed to surf,” he stated. “However I’ll simply take it in the future at a time.”