INJURED – 24 December 2005 – Tillamook Head, Oregon, United States – surfer attacked
Brian Anderson, 36, was bitten on the ankle and calf while surfing at a popular surfing spot near Tillamook Head, south of the community of Seaside, about 80 miles northwest of Portland, Oregon, United States.
He said he fended off a Great White shark by punching it in the nose.
He told media: “It’s like your worst nightmare, an adventure which has made life that much more precious and interesting.
“It felt like getting clamped in a bear trap,” he said. “It was a piercing pain and then it went numb.”
When the shark grabbed hold of he is leg he repeatedly punched it on the nose until it finally let go. He paddled back to shore and pulled himself up on to the rocks. Other surfers called 911. He was admitted to Providence Seaside Hospital, treated and released later that night.