Shark Attacks Calif. Surfer

He survives with serious injuries

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 31, 2012 12:32 AM CDT

(Newser) – Another California surfer has been attacked by a shark, but unlike last week's victim, he survived the experience. The 25-year-old man was hospitalized with serious injuries after being bitten while surfing in Humboldt County, the Eureka Times-Standard reports. A group of fellow surfers scrambled to save the man's life after he made his way to shore bleeding heavily from a 14-inch bite wound.

A local researcher who tracks great white sharks says they are most numerous in the area at this time of year. "If you are a surfer up here and you go in the water in the fall, the odds are good that a great white has swam by you at some point, and you didn't even know it ," he says, adding that people are more likely to die from a car crash on the way to the beach than from a shark attack. "In most cases, sharks have a pretty good idea of what their food sources look like," he says. "But if the water gets really murky, either because of heavy wave or wind action, that's when a person on a surfboard starts looking a lot more like a seal ."

A bite wound is visible on the surfboard of the victim of last week's deadly shark attack.   (AP Photo/Santa Barbara County Sheriff)
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