Clayton Shultz, 20 was bitten on the left leg by what is thought to have been a tiger shark while he was surfing Jacksonville Beach, North Florida in the United States. He required more than 300 stitches to close the wound and repair torn tendons.
The incident happened on Friday, 23 July 2010.
Shultz said he didn’t get to see the size of the shark.
Another surfer helped get him to the shore where he was rushed to Shands Medical Center in Jacksonville.
He is quoted in various media as saying:
“I was hopping back on my board and the shark came up and grabbed my foot and shook his head a little bit, and I think he kind of realized that he was biting the wrong thing, so he let go.
“I had a good grip of my board, so I didn’t go down. It took me a second to process everything. I yelled out to another guy who was in the water, ‘Hey man, I just got bit by a shark.
“All I could really feel was teeth and tearing.
“I popped right up and got on my board and lifted my foot out of the water. It was torn up real good.
Shultz underwent five and a half hours of surgery and received more than 300 stitches to close the wound and repair severed tendons in his foot.