Teacher Fights Off Great White Shark With Surfboard In ‘Terrifying’ Attack

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 9, 2018

Mr Nakahara, a Japanese national who lived in the area, was surfing when he was attacked by the shark, estimated to have been 3.5 metres long.

"He is feeling better day by day".

After government shark experts studied the tooth marks left in Jonsson's board, they concluded the creature was a juvenile great white, about nine feet long.

"He's now been transferred to Lismore Hospital".

"He remains in a stable condition", she said.

Lee Jonsson, of East Ballina.

Wednesday morning's shark attack is not the first at Shelly Beach.

It's understood he suffered a 20cm wound as a result of the attack, in which he defended himself with his surfboard.

He said he used to be a surfer, but has stopped the hobby since a spate of incidents on Ballina's coast several years ago.

Mr Samuels urged all residents to adhere to the beach closures and to phone Triple 0 in the case of any marine emergency.

The DPI earlier this year released findings from the second shark meshing trial, which found the majority of marine life caught in the nets were non-target species.

Officials said the man, 43-year-old Lee Jonsson, fought off the shark with his surfboard.

"Daniel was a great surgeon, son, brother and friend, who dedicated his life to helping others", the Christidis family said in a statement.

DPI will continue to work with NSW Police, Surf Life Saving NSW and the community to determine what action should be taken to minimise ongoing risk.

Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice, by visiting the Department of Primary Industry's website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.

Beaches in the area - which were closed soon after the attack - have since reopened. That's when he used the board to strike the shark. "He's got an eight inch [20-centimetre] cut on his calf".

Cr Wright said he was unsure if the SMART drumlines were now out in the water.

"It's one of those unfortunate things". "We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it", Gschwind said.

Cr Wright said he was keen to see if the Ballina coast could benefit from drones fitted out with infra-red cameras.

"In the meantime we ask people to avoid going into the water at Ballina".

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