Man recounts scary shark attack ordeal

A shark attack survivor has recounted the horrifying moment he was flung from his paddle board the day after his 75th birthday.

An ocean lover who survived a shark attack in Western Australia’s south has recounted the horrifying moment when he was flung from his paddle board.

Gary May, 75, was making his way out to the popular Yallingup mainbreak surfing spot, some 400m from shore, when he was knocked off his board by a 2m shark about 3pm on Saturday.

Mr May, who had only just celebrated his birthday a day earlier, said he had been surfing, diving and fishing for 60 years without seeing a dangerous shark in the water until Saturday.

“Halfway out in the deep water channel to the north, kneeling up paddling, my board was struck suddenly with enough force to fling me forward and onto a head that had the whole rail in its mouth,” he wrote on social media.

“I jumped back onto the board real quick, losing the paddle in the process. Another surfer shot past me on a wave, which tipped me off again.

“As he paddled back, I warned him and we paddled back in together after I recovered my paddle five metres away.”

After Mr May made it out of the water, he observed large bite marks on the top and bottom of his paddle board.

Following the shark “interaction”, the water police were alerted and a shark warning was issued for the area.

It is not known what species of shark was involved in the attack, but the paddle board will be scientifically analysed in Perth.

The popular beach remained closed for a second day but the situation will be reviewed later on Sunday.

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development began conducting land-based patrols at first light on Sunday.

The Surf Life Saving WA helicopter has also been conducting surveillance flights over the area.

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions and rangers from the Shire of Busselton will also conducting patrols throughout the day.

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