Mar 20, 2014
Mark Byrne said he was hit by fear when the four-foot shark lunged at him while he surfed on Australia’s Victoria coastline
A terrified surfer battled with a shark and punched it on the head after it slid onto his board and headbutted his bum.
Mark Byrne said he was hit by fear when the four-foot shark lunged at him while he surfed on Australia’s Victoria coastline.
“It came straight up at me from underneath and just ran into me. It hit me on my left bum cheek.
“I tried to punch it on the back of the head, on top of the head. But it didn’t move. It was like hitting concrete.”
The dad of five, who is recovering from bowel cancer, was forced to jump into the water as the shark slid on his board.
“I thought it was the next best thing to do,” he said.
Then the shark rolled off the board and Mark clambered back on as other surfers who had spotted the shark were heading back to shore.
Later, Mark paddled back to where the attack happened – and came face-to-face with the same shark, believed to be a Broadnose sevengill, which had lunged at him.
He was in the water discussing the attack with another surfer when the shark came back, swimming between them.
“The waves were absolutely pumping and we haven’t had a good surf all year. I know it’s a bit of a dumb reason.
“But what’s the chances of 20 blokes out there that I’m going to get another shark coming up to me and pushing me around. So I thought it was too good not to go in.”
Sevengill sharks prey on a variety of animals, as well as other sharks, rays and bony fish.
They are also known to occasionally hunt in packs and use stealth tactics as part of an attack.