Spunky Aussie woman punches back 2.5-metre white pointer shark!

November 14th, 2007 - 2:17 am ICT by admin  
The 52-year-old woman climbed back aboard her craft and paddled to shore even with a severely wounded arm. The woman was about 150 metres offshore and on a morning paddle with her husband when the shark attacked.

“The shark circled the kayak and then swam directly at her. She was able to (defend herself from) the shark by striking it in the mouth with the paddle from the kayak. The shark then took off and swam away from her,” News.com.au quoted Byron Bay police Inspector Owen King, as telling acquarie radio.

The attack happened about 11.30am on Oct 15 at a popular surf break known as The Pass - a gap between Fisherman’s Lookout and the Byron Bay headland.

“The shark is described as being an eight to nine foot (about 2.5 metre) white pointer, and it has knocked her off her surf ski,” a police spokesman said.

The injured woman was treated at Byron Bay District Hospital.

“She received a few stitches in her arm but there was no other damage, fortunately,” a hospital spokesman said.

The shark was spotted about half an hour after the attack, swimming about 200m off Main Beach, Byron’s town centre beach.

“We’ve got vessels in the area and the shark has been chased out to sea, to deeper waters. It appears to be unusual that a shark would menace people like this,” Northern NSW lifeguard co-ordinator Stephen Leahy said.

The attack was the second in Australia in two days. A 31-year-old Brisbane man was bitten by a bronze whaler shark at Holmes Reef near Cairns in Queensland. He sustained a 30-centimetre tear to his calf. (ANI)

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