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Surfer's Mystery Cuts Found To Be Shark Bite
A surfer who went to hospital after suffering mystery cuts to his hand and leg was surprised to learn he had been bitten by a shark.
The 26-year-old had been surfing at Shelly Beach, near Port Macquarie on Australia's east coast, when he felt something hit his right hand.
New South Wales state police said: "The man noticed he had cuts to his right hand and blood on his leg.
"He did not see a shark and was unaware at the time that he could have been bitten by one.
"The surfer took himself to Port Macquarie Hospital where he was informed the wounds were consistent with a shark bite."
The man was treated for puncture wounds to his hand and a cut to his leg.
Police said an expert would try to identify the species of shark involved in the incident, which comes just days after a fatal shark attack about 78 miles (125km) north of Port Macquarie at Coffs Harbour.
Nineteen-year-old Zac Young died on November 30 after he was attacked by a tiger shark while sitting upright on his bodyboard with his legs in the water at Campbells Beach.
His death came a week after a 35-year-old surfer was killed by a shark on Australia's west coast.
Sharks are common in Australian waters, but deadly attacks are rare, with only one of the average 15 incidents a year typically proving fatal.