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Shark rips a chunk out of a surfer’s board in a terrifying attack

  • A shark has ripped a chunk out a kitesurfer’s board in a terrifying attack in NSW 
  • The pictures of the damaged surfboard were widely shared on social media
  • One of the images shows a surfer comparing the size of the shark tooth to his toe
  • Reports claim the surfer was attacked at Flat Rock, Ballina in New South Wales

A shark has ripped a chunk out of a kitesurfer’s board in a terrifying attack – and left its tooth embedded in the fibreglass.

The pictures of the damaged surfboard were first shared on Instagram by the kitesurfer’s friend, Rob Rye with the caption: ‘Ohhhh la la, Interaction with ocean critters!’

It’s believed the incident occurred off Flat Rock in the northern NSW town of Ballina on Sunday.

Social media reports claim the kitesurfer involved in the attack thought he ran over a turtle but later realised the back of his board was missing.   

The pictures of the damaged surfboard were first shared on Instagram by the kitesurfer’s friend, Rob Rye with the caption: ‘Ohhhh la la, Interaction with ocean critters!’ 

The shark ripped a chunk out of a kitesurfer's board in a terrifying attack and left its tooth in it

The shark ripped a chunk out of a kitesurfer’s board in a terrifying attack and left its tooth in it

The kitesurfer (pictured) compares the size of the shark tooth to his toe after the incident near Flat Rock in the northern NSW town of Ballina

The kitesurfer (pictured) compares the size of the shark tooth to his toe after the incident near Flat Rock in the northern NSW town of Ballina

One of the images shared on Instagram is of the surfer comparing the size of the shark tooth to his toe. 

The other image shows the shark tooth embedded in the surfboard.  

Another kitesurfer from Earth Kite Surfing claimed on the post: 'My mate Chris thought he ran over a turtle then realised the back of his board was missing' 

Another kitesurfer from Earth Kite Surfing claimed on the post: ‘My mate Chris thought he ran over a turtle then realised the back of his board was missing’ 

The images gained attention after Mocean Media House owner Ryan Kenny also shared the images to his own Instagram account. 

Another comment on the post claims that this is the second incident where a surfer has been lucky with the shark biting their board and not them.

Ballina police have made contact with the surfer after the images were widely shared on Facebook, The Northern Star reported.

The surfboard and the tooth were handed over to the Department of Primary Industries for the identification of the shark species and size.

 

  

 

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