A surfer is in hospital being treated for serious injuries after he was attacked by a shark off a remote part of Western Australia.
Tony Cappulleti from the Department of Fisheries told ABC the man was bitten by the shark about 3.30pm today at Red Bluff, about 1000 kilometres north of Perth.
He said the man, believed to be 34-years-old, was trying to fend off the shark when it bit him again on his arm.
The man is being treated for serious injuries, which are not considered life-threatening, at Carnarvon Hospital.
He said the man has "quite a severe arm injury" and well as abdomen injuries.
He is expected to be airlifted to Perth later tonight, Channel Nine has reported.
A woman who was on the beach with her children has told the ABC the man was "in good spirits" when he was pulled from the water.
Rebecca Caldwell's children were in the water when they noticed the surfer was injured but she says they did not see a shark.
"The water was full of blood," she said.
"He was conscious the whole way back though he was OK, he was good.
"He's in good spirits, as well as he could be."
The man was being driven in a private vehicle towards Carnarvon, and police and St John Ambulance went to meet him.
Shire of Carnarvon chief executive officer Maurice Battilana said the journey would take several hours and was on predominantly dirt road.
"It wouldn't be a comfortable ride," he told ABC Radio.
Mr Battalina said it was the first shark attack along the Ningaloo Coast in recent memory.
Quobba Station was "extremely popular" for surfing and camping. It was presently peak tourist season.
Beaches in the area have been closed following the attack.
It was still not clear what kind of shark attacked the man today.
This is the fourth shark attack off the WA coast this year, and comes just six weeks after 24-year-old surfer Ben Lindern was killed by a five-metre great white about 160 kilometres north of Perth.
Since September 2011 five people have died as a result of shark attacks in WA waters.
- WA Today