Marcel Brundler, 37, narrowly escaped a shark attack while surfing at Cathedral Rock, Lorne, Victoria, Australia, by punching the shark as it attacked him. The shark left bite marks in his board and tore at his wetsuit, but he suffered no injuries.
Brundler told media the shark was a 3-metre Great White.
The incident happened on Tuesday 25 August 2017.
He said initially he thought the shark was a dolphin, “but then I realised fairly quickly [it was a shark] 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 wetsuit, it got me on my hip.
“Luckily, it’s just a little scrape on my skin.”
“I was shouting and punching it while it attacked me.
“I was really, really lucky this wave popped up out of nowhere,” which he managed to catch and surf it to the shore.
Lucas Von Graevenitz Sanchez, a witness who watched the attack through his binoculars from the shore, was quoted as saying the shark “was really massive”.
A local police spokesperson said there were four surfers in the water at the time and they paddled in pretty quickly after the incident.
Brundler said he would surf again, though “maybe not on my own”.