Surfer punches shark

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CAN­BERRA, Aus­tralia (AP) — A novice surfer mas­tered a pro’s move on the first try: He punched a shark on the nose to escape its jaws.

The at­tack Mon­day off the Aus­tralian coast left Char­lie Fry with su­per­fi­cial punc­ture wounds on his right shoul­der and up­per arm.

A Bri­tish doc­tor who ar­rived in Aus­tralia two months ago to work, Fry said Tues­day he had re­cently watched a YouTube video in which Aus­tralian pro­fes­sional surfer Mick Fan­ning de­scribed his escape from a great white shark dur­ing a surf­ing com­pe­ti­tion in 2015.

“So when it hap­pened, I was like: ‘Just do what Mick did. Just punch it in the nose,’” Fry said.

Fry, 25, was in the wa­ter with three friends when he was at­tacked off Avoca Beach, 60 miles north of Syd­ney

“I was out surf­ing and I got this mas­sive thud on my right­hand side,” Fry said.

“I thought it was a friend goof­ing around. I turned and I saw this shark come out of the wa­ter,” he said.

“So I just punched it in the face with my left hand and then man­aged to scram­ble back on my board, shout at me friends and luck­ily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in.”

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