SYDNEY: A man escaped with cuts to his leg Monday after a shark crashed into his board while he was surfing near popular tourist spot Byron Bay in eastern Australia.
Beaches in the area, some 800 kilometers of Sydney, were closed for at least 24 hours after the early morning encounter, with the victim taken to hospital by a friend.
“It is believed that the shark emerged from under the man while he was waiting for a wave,” Surf Life Saving New South Wales said.
“The man’s surfboard took the brunt of the impact with the man also suffering minor lacerations to his leg during the incident.”
It was not known what type of shark was involved.
The attack came just weeks after a surfer also suffered cuts after being “bumped” by a shark south of Byron Bay in Ballina — the scene of several attacks in recent years.
Experts say shark attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular and bait fish move closer to shore, but fatalities remain rare.