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Shark Attack Surfer: 'Did I Really Get Bit?'
A man has been attacked by a shark while surfing off the California coast.
Jay Scrivner described how the 9ft great white came "out of nowhere" and bit his left thigh and board.
The 45-year-old married father-of-two had been in the water for two hours and was paddling out to the waves when he saw the shark's teeth and nose.
He took a swing at the great white and let out what a friend nearby described as a primordial yell.
"I couldn't believe it happened," said Mr Scrivner. "When I turned away from the shark, I said, 'Did I really get bit?' Your mind doesn't believe it."
He managed to paddle back to shore where friends and fellow surfers applied pressure on the wound and tied a t-shirt around it to help stop the bleeding.
Mr Scrivner, a college English lecturer, suffered some muscle tissue damage that required about 30 stitches, and thinks he was spared from further injury by his old surf board, which is thicker than modern boards.
"If you're going to get bitten by a shark, I had the best scenario," he said.
He regularly surfs at the spot near Humboldt Bay, near his hometown of Eureka, and was aware that another surfer, Scott Stephens, survived a shark attack in the same area last year.
Mr Scrivner said Sunday's attack had not put him off and that he would "definitely surf again," but with trepidation.
Elsewhere, a professional diver suffered "substantial" injuries after being attacked by a shark off a remote section of Australia's western coast - for the second time.
In 2004, Greg Pickering was bitten on the leg by a 1.5m bronze whaler while in waters near Cervantes, north of Perth, as he reportedly put himself between his friend and the shark when it began attacking.
On Tuesday, the 55-year-old, who collects abalone sea snails which are a delicacy, was with a diving crew from Southern Wild Abalone off Poison Creek beach, east of the city of Esperance.
He was flown to a hospital in Perth with wounds to his torso and face and was said to be "conscious and talking", according to his employer Marcus Tromp.
It is the first shark attack reported in Australia since December 2012, when a paddle-boarder lost a finger and suffered a serious bite to his thigh at Diamond Head, north of Sydney.
Sharks are common in Australian waters but deadly attacks are rare. The last reported fatality was in July 2012, when a surfer was bitten in half near Wedge Island, north of Perth.