Aussie doctor survives shark attack after punching predator in nose

Avoca beach closed after Shark attack

Avoca beach closed after Shark attack

"I felt a smack on my right shoulder and when I turned around, the shark breach [ed] and I saw its jaw and teeth coming at me", Fry told The Daily Telegraph.

"So Mick, if you're watching or listening, I owe you a beer".

"I saw a shark's head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face", Fry told commercial broadcaster Channel Nine on Tuesday.

"So when it happened I was like, 'Just do what Mick did, just punch it in the nose'".

There have been 16 shark encounters and attacks off the island continent's vast coastline this year, including the death of a 17-year-old girl mauled in full view of her parents in Western Australia. "Thank you very much".

Charlie Fry, 25, was surfing with mates when a shark attacked him while he was on his board.

"I got this massive thud on my right-hand side - it completely blindsided me".

Dr Fry said he managed to "scramble back on my board, shout at my friends and luckily a wave came, so I just sort of surfed the wave in".

Once on shore, the puncture wounds were determined not to be serious, so after lifeguards tended to him, Fry was taken by his friends to the hospital for further treatment of the bite that spanned from the elbow to the top of the shoulder.

Fray said he wasn't conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.

"North Avoca and Avoca beaches are now closed following a shark attack", the council said.

"I didn't really notice it at the time. all I'm thinking was: 'I'm about to die".

But now he is more anxious about what his mum would say about the injuries.

Avoca Beach was closed as life savers and helicopter crews tried to track the shark but surfers were soon back in the water.

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