Humboldt Surfer Survives Shark Attack

Escapes with 30 stitches

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A Great White     Photo: Great White Shark Cage Diving/Wikimedia Commons

A 45-year-old surfer survived a great white shark attack near California's Humboldt Bay on Sunday. Jay Scrivner had been surfing for nearly two hours in one of his favorite spots when the 8- to 9-foot great white struck his thigh and board. 

"Sometimes you have a feeling that the water is weird," Scrivner told the Associated Press. After the initial bite, Scrivner said he took a swing at the great white, emitting what a friend described as a primordial yell. Scrivner immediately headed for shore where fellow surfers tied t-shirts around the wound to stop the bleeding.

"If you're going to get bitten by a shark, I had the best scenario," Scrivner told said. He received around 30 stitches and is expected to fully recover.

The incident occurred at the Samoa Peninsula, a well-known surf spot where another surfer survived a similar attack last year.

(Video: This diver shows the kinder side of great whites)


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