Bad week for shark attacks in both Australia and the U.S.
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 8 October, 2013 : - - In Australia a professional abalone diver has survived a shark attack for the second time in a decade, and a California surfer opens up about the attack that happened yesterday in Humboldt. In Australia Greg Pickering, 55, a veteran diver, suffered serious injuries to his torso and face today after being mauled by a shark – believed to be a great white – at the remote Poison Creek beach on the southern coast.
Nine years ago, he survived an attack by a five-foot bronze whaler while spearfishing with friends near the west coast town of Cervantes, about 600 miles away. In that attack, he was bitten on the leg after putting himself between a friend and the shark.
Update on Yesterday's Attack in Northern California
Jay Scrivner, a 45-year-old college English teacher, was waiting for waves off the Northern California coast near his hometown of Eureka on Sunday morning after surfing for about two hours when a great white he estimated at about 8-to-9 feet long bit his thigh and board.
"Sometimes you have a feeling that the water is weird," Scrivner told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his room at Eureka's St. Joseph Hospital this afternoon. "But everyone was just so happy. I was lying on my board, paddling around just waiting for a wave set."
Scrivner regularly surfs at the spot near Humboldt Bay known as the Samoa Peninsula. He was aware that another surfer, Scott Stephens, survived a shark attack in the same area last year. 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."
Tags: Sharks, Abalone Diver, Humboldt, Northern California, Australia