INJURED – 11 February 2010 – Mona Vale beach, Sydney, Australia – surfer attacked

Paul Welsh, 46, was bitten on the left leg by a shark while surfing with his young son at Mona Vale beach, Sydney, Australia. He suffered minor lacerations to his left calf and several sharks teeth were embedded in the wound, which indicated it was a harmless Wobbegong shark. The incident happened on Thursday 11 February 2010.
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Welsh told media:

“I was pushing my son on to

waves and it just belted me from behind. I grabbed on to the pinnacle of a rock and held on as it tried to drag me out … and I won.”

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“I knew it was a shark straight away…cause nothing quite grabs you like that, it was just the force of the hit, it was unbelievable.”

A witness Michael Brown was reported as saying his teenage son saw a “whole lot of thrashing in the water” before a shark emerged from the depths in an “unbelievable” scene.

“It launched straight up into him, knocked him out of the water and then latched onto his leg.

“Luckily, he had a chance to grab onto a rock and the shark’s actually thrashing, trying to drag him back into the water.

“He’s managed to release himself from the shark and crawl up onto the rocks, and just had a big bite mark in his leg and blood just streaming out of it.”

He was taken to hospital by his wife who witnessed the incident.

Sources:
AFP
New Tang Dynasty Television

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One Comment on “INJURED – 11 February 2010 – Mona Vale beach, Sydney, Australia – surfer attacked”

  1. Ricko Says:

    INJURED – 11 February 2010… What a typical story of inductive reasoning and not thinking.

    The writer says “several sharks teeth were embedded in the wound, which indicated it was a harmless Wobbegong shark.” And,”It launched straight up into him, knocked him out of the water and then latched onto his leg” and goes on to say, “Had a big bite mark in his leg and blood just streaming out of it in an unbelievable scene, thrashing, trying to drag him back into the water.” !!!! How on earth do they get “harmless” out of that?

    This is just the sort of mentality that keeps people getting hurt all the time. For the life of me, I cannot believe this was a “Harmless shark”. If the man hadn’t been able to grab that rock he probably would have been dead.

    Once while visiting the Tampa, FL aquarium I remember the “experts” who were swimming with some small sharks telling everyone how harmless sharks really are. I can just imagine how many more attacks were caused because of this misinformation. What the so called “experts” failed to tell the public was that these pet sharks are kept full belly fed on a daily basis and couldn’t eat another bite if they tried. Sharks don’t eat for fun, they eat when they are hungry. Why is that so difficult to figure out. I’d like to see them jump in with some of the people attacked on this website, then see how their story goes.

    My own kids fell prey to misguided tourist dollar information a few years ago and went out to sink a small boat for fun and had to swim back quite a distance from shore. They had no fear as they boldly told me that sharks don’t attack people. I instantly knew re-schooling was necessary for them to get real world information. They realize now that there is a lot of bad, naive, and dangerous information out there all around the world.

    Good luck surfers!


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