Surfer Who Punched Shark Encounters Another

As another surfer punches shark, gets bitten for his trouble
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 31, 2015 10:21 AM CDT
Surfer Who Punched Shark Encounters Another
Australian surfer Mick Flanning is pursued by a shark in Jeffrey's Bay, South Africa, Sunday, July 19, 2015.   (W orld Surf League via AP)

Mick Fanning might want to consider a nice second career as, say, a librarian. The surfer and Earth's best-known shark-boxer no sooner returned to the water for his first surf in his native Australia than he had to quickly leave it: As the Courier-Mail reports, Fanning says he sighted a shark as 60 Minutes cameras rolled on Saturday, forcing him to quickly scramble aboard a Jet Ski to avoid another run-in. "There he is, straight out—I just saw it," he told reporter Peter Stefanovic afterward. Fanning and the crew reportedly relocated to another beach to finish the shoot; the Courier-Mail notes that other shark sightings forced the closing of Ballina beaches. But he's perhaps not too rattled: Fanning on Tuesday told the paper his confidence was returning "each and every day."

Meanwhile, Aussie surfer and actual ex-boxer Craig Ison, 52, ran into a shark off New South Wales today and was bitten on the leg in an attack a friend called "like watching a replay" of Fanning's first run-in, reports the Courier-Mail separately. Like Fanning, Ison then tried to punch the shark, but his attempt didn't fare so well and the shark then bit him on the arm. "Craig was knocked off his board and I just saw a lot of thrashing and the tail of the shark, which was quite large," says his friend, who managed to get Ison back on his board. He's being treated for arm and thigh injuries. (More sharks stories.)

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