Surfer punches shark
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.”