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People are like ungainly packets of meat when paddling within the ocean and must be straightforward prey in comparison with fast-moving fish and seals. So, why are so few individuals attacked by sharks?

The crystal-clear water beneath 13-year-old Hannah Mighall darkened for a second. She was sitting astride her surfboard, having fun with the heat of the solar as she and her cousin waited for the following wave in Tasmania’s idyllic Bay of Fires. Behind them the brilliant-white sandy seaside was largely abandoned and the browsing had been good to date.

The sudden shadow under made Mighall instinctively raise her ft – balls of kelp usually broke off close by rocks and drifted within the surf. “They're actually slimy so I hated touching them,” she says.

However then one thing took maintain of her leg.

“It didn’t damage at first, it was like one thing gently grabbed maintain of me after which I used to be within the water,” says Mighall.

To those that witnessed what occurred, nevertheless, it was something however light. The water round Mighall exploded as a five-metre-long nice white shark latched onto her proper leg, lifted her off the surfboard and shook her within the air earlier than disappearing underwater.

“It took a couple of seconds for me to grasp it was a shark,” she says. “After I popped again up from the water I used to be mendacity on my again however my leg was in its mouth. All I might see was my black wetsuit leg, its tooth, pink gums, tooth and the darkish bit underneath its nostril the place it meets white. I assumed I used to be having a nightmare and stored attempting to blink my eyes open.”

Mighall’s cousin, 33-year-old Syb Mundy, who had been sitting on his personal board just some metres from her, raced over and commenced punching the shark within the facet of its head. The shark pulled away from him and because it went underwater it let go of Mighall, lunging as a substitute for her surfboard that was nonetheless connected by a rope to her leg.

With the board in its mouth, the shark pulled Mighall underwater for a second time. Moments later she popped again as much as the floor along with her broken board. The animal had bitten clear by the fibreglass and foam.

Mundy grabbed maintain of his cousin, put her on his again and paddled frantically for the shore. Earlier that day Mighall had been training water rescues with one other lady throughout coaching along with her native Surf Life Saving affiliation, repeatedly being carried into shore because the “sufferer”. Now she was doing it for actual.

“The shark was circling us underwater,” says Mighall. “Then this wave got here in and Syb simply mentioned, ‘We've obtained to catch this as it will save our lives.’ I used to be simply tapping the water as I used to be terrified however he was actually paddling and the wave carried us to shore. The shark got here with us all the way in which as much as the seaside as there's a deep gutter operating as much as it. We might see its fin because it surfed in on the identical wave.”

Fortunately for Mighall, among the many few individuals on the seaside who witnessed what had occurred that day have been a health care provider and a nurse. They gave her important first assist whereas ready for an ambulance to reach.

Greater than 10 years later, she nonetheless carries deep scars on her leg that hint the define of the shark’s mouth. Her proper leg is noticeably weaker than her left – a lot in order that she has to raise it along with her fingers when she needs to kick-start the filth bike she rides sometimes.

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