Surfer uses board to fend off shark attack

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2018

Government shark experts measured the tooth imprints in Jonsson's surfboard and concluded a juvenile great white shark 2.6 meters (9 feet) long was responsible.

"He's now been transferred to Lismore Hospital". He's got a 20cm wound.

Mr Samuels said there would be an "ongoing evaluation throughout the day".

And even then, based on the past two years' shark meshing trials, Cr Wright said the nets wouldn't have covered that stretch of the beach.

About 6.45am, a 43-year-old local man was surfing at the beach when he was bitten on the left calf by a shark.

Shelly and surrounding beaches were closed for 24 hours and authorities were trying to identify the shark species.

Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial.

"He came into shore, wrapped his leg up and went to Ballina Hospital", he says.

Police said the bite was not life threatening.

"He said he tried to hit the shark with board".

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"We'll just make sure we tighten up the protocols".

But Cr Wright said he was confident in the measures now in place.

Spokeswoman Donna Wishart said they were informed a man in his 40s took himself to hospital at Ballina this morning after a shark attack.

Surf Life Saving New South Wales are asking people to stay out of the water and avoid the beach.

Ms Wishart said SLS NSW would also be monitoring the other Ballina beaches.

Cr Wright said he was keen to see if the Ballina coast could benefit from drones fitted out with infra-red cameras.

The attack comes just two days after the death of Melbourne doctor Daniel Christidis, who was mauled by a shark at Cid Harbour in the Whitsunday Islands.

Six sharks were captured using baited lines and killed by state authorities after the earlier attacks in September.

The victim, 33-year-old doctor Daniel Christidis, had been diving from a paddle board while on a yacht cruise. In September, two Australian tourists were mauled on consecutive days, one a 12-year-old girl who lost a leg.

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