Friday, March 14, 2014

Surfer Bitten on Foot by Wobbegong Shark in Australia

Mike Porter shows swim fin damage from shark bite.
40-year-old Mike Porter was bitten on the foot by what is believed to be a Wobbegong shark.  The incident took place on Wednesday, 03/12/2014, off Lighthouse Beach in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia.

Porter was in the water photographing surfers while wearing swim fins.  He had ducked under a wave and shortly afterwards felt a shark latch onto his foot.  He immediately began punching the shark until it released him.

With the assistance of a nearby surfer, he made his way back to shore where some off duty lifeguards helped bandage his foot.  Porter then drove himself to the hospital where he received eight stitches.

Wobbegongs, commonly referred to as carpet sharks, are not normally suspects in shark bite incidents but like any other wild animal, they will bite if they feel threatened.  Porter described the incident as a "misplaced nibble" and has every intention of returning to the water once fully healed.

News Accounts:
-VIDEO: Shark bite 'more of a misplaced nibble' - Port Macquarie News
-Port Macquarie man threw punches in the air after shark attack - Daily Telegraph
Photo from video.