A surfer dragged from his board and mauled by a two-metre shark was circled by the predator as he tried to make it back to shore.
Glen Folkard, 44, known as “Lenny”, is in a stable and lucid condition in John Hunter Hospital today after being attacked while surfing off Redhead Beach, south of Newcastle, Wednesday afternoon.
Believed to be a bull shark, it took a large chunk out of Mr Folkard’s thigh as well as his board before dragging him underwater, witnesses said.
He was able to shake himself free and get to the surface. Several surfers came to his aid as he tried to paddle to safety and helped him catch a wave into shore.
More than 100 people were in the water when the shark attacked. Witnesses in the surf said Mr Folkard was lying on his board about 20 metres from a large group of surfers when the shark struck about 4.40pm.