The Courier-Mail

Shark ‘like battleship’

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A SURFER has told how it felt like a battleship had hit his surfboard when a shark attacked him on the NSW Central Coast.

Justin Daniels was less than 5m offshore having an earlymorni­ng surf at Shelly Beach when he spotted a shark “thrashing around” underneath him as it reared up and bit him on the hand. “It felt like a battleship hitting the board,” the 42-year-old said.

Mr Daniels escaped the attack with minor puncture wounds to his left hand but, given the increase in shark attacks from four last year to 14 so far this year, he is demanding action from the NSW Government.

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