Bodyboarder bitten on the bottom by shark
A Spanish tourist has had a lucky escape after he was bitten on the bottom by a shark while bodyboarding in Australia.
Gonzalo Mompo Fernandez was with a group of other tourists at a popular surfing spot south of Wollongong when he was attacked about 6.30pm on Sunday.
The 30-year-old received small puncture wounds to his backside, but did not require medical treatment.
"We were paddling for a wave, or just going over the lip of a wave, and then the shark's come up the back and tried to grab hold of his arse," Jordan Hirst, who was with Fernandez at the time, told the Illawarra Mercury.
"He's tried to bash it off and it kept swimming up … a few guys saw the tail like splashing around.
"The shark was pushing itself on top of him. He was on a Boogie board, so like lying down with his feet in the water, and it's come up the back and the tail's been smashing him on the leg."
Teeth marks on Fernandez' wetsuit show the spot where the shark grabbed hold.
"There's a few small like puncture wounds," Hirst, 21, from England, said of his friend's injuries.
"He's super lucky … if it'd been down a bit lower it'd be a different story, I think."
Hirst, Fernandez and two others - Ivan Vilches and Unai Unsausti - had been on a day-long surfing trip.
Killalea State Park manager Nathan Cattell said the look on Fernandez' face after the ordeal told of how happy he was to be out of the water.
"He gave us a hug. It was like 'I'm glad I'm still here,' " Cattell said.
The type of shark involved isn't known.
- Illawarra Mercury