Bruce Grimes, who was attacked on May 24, says he was accompanied by angels the morning a large bull shark chomped on his arm.
He also said…
“I could feel the inside of its mouth with my hand,” he says while sitting on a small wooden stool inside his downtown surf shop. “It was steely, all hard inside, like a bear trap.”
Grimes was sitting with his legs in the water when the shark nudged his board. He could feel its rough skin with both feet, so he knew it was large. He shot to an “L” position, his body prone, bent legs in the air, arms outstretched.
But the shark bumped the board again, harder. It was clear it wanted what was on the board, so Grimes began to paddle. The shark bit his arm once, then left him alone.
Grimes, 49, hobbled ashore with his right side drenched in blood, then drove himself to a hospital where doctors closed his arm and hand with more than 50 stitches.