The J-Bay Open surfing competition has been suspended following a shark encounter.
Video footage of Australian surfer Mick Fanning’s encounter with a white shark has gone viral today.
Fanning was in the Indian Ocean taking part in the J-Bay Open finals when the incident took place.
He was unharmed and was immediately fished out of the water by safety crews.
Speaking after the incident, Fanning described his ordeal.
“I felt like I just had to start moving and get going, like just start peddling again. And all of a sudden I just had this instinct that something was behind me and all of a sudden I felt my stomach get pulled under water and then the thing came up and I was on my board and it was like right there. I saw the whole thing just thrashing around.”
The World Surfing League has described Fanning’s quick thinking in the face of a terrifying situation as nothing short of heroic.
Listen to the Head of ResearchPlanning & Development at the Kwazulu Natal Sharks Board,Jeremy Cliff, discuss the Mick Fanning shark attack& explain how safety precautions are taken to protect us from sharks on beaches.