Second Aussie Surfer This Month Attacked By Shark

By Salon Staff
January 18, 2012 2:00PM (UTC)
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SYDNEY (AP) — A 44-year-old surfer suffered serious wounds to his thigh and buttocks in Australia's second shark attack this month.

Australia normally has about three shark attacks per year — one of them fatal — but there already have been two attacks so far this year, off the east coast.

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Paramedic David Morris says the man was attacked Wednesday off Newcastle, 80 miles (125 kilometers) north of Sydney.

Witnesses say a great white or bull shark is believed responsible.

Morris says two life guards brought the man to shore, where he was taken by ambulance to a Newcastle hospital in serious condition.

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A 28-year-old man survived a shark bite on an arm while surfing off North Avoca, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) north of Sydney, on Jan. 3.


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