A man used his surfboard to fend off a shark that bit his leg near an Australian beach, two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef, Al Jazeera reports.
The 43-year-old surfer was attacked Wednesday morning at Shelly Beach off Ballina in New South Wales state.
Ballina Mayor David Wright said the surfer described the shark as about 1.5-metres long. He said the man came onshore, wrapped his leg, and went to the hospital for treatment of a 20-centimetre wound.
"It grabbed him on the leg and pulled him off the board. He used the board to belt the shark away," Wright told Sydney radio station 2GB.