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California surfer: The shark came "out of nowhere"

"There's just a power in the ocean," said the 45-year-old attack survivor


Lindsay Abrams
October 8, 2013 5:08PM (UTC)

Jay Scrivner, a 45-year-old college English teacher and surfing enthusiast, can't get over what a nice morning he was having in the waters off the Northern California coast before a great white shark took a bite out of his thigh.

"Sometimes you have a feeling that the water is weird," he told the Associated Press from his hospital bed. "But everyone was just so happy."

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The attack occurred on Sunday morning in Humboldt Bay, in the same area where another surfer survived a shark attack just last year. In that instance, he escaped by punching the shark in the head until it released him. Scrivner's ordeal, by his account, was similarly adrenaline-fueled:

Scriver said that "out of nowhere" he saw the shark's teeth and nose. After he was bitten, he took a swing at the great white and let out what a friend nearby described as a primordial yell.

"I couldn't believe it happened," Scrivner said. "When I turned away from the shark, I said, 'Did I really get bit?' Your mind doesn't believe it."

The shark caused about 30 stitches worth of damage, but he's expected to fully recover.

"There's just a power in the ocean. When you see a shark or get bitten by a shark, you're just made critically aware of that power," he told the AP. Regardless, he said, he will "definitely surf again."


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