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Nick Wapner describes how he escaped a Great White Shark Attack, by kicking the shark in order to break free from his grip. Video Source: The TRIBUNE.
Nick Wapner was surfing at Montana de Oro State park at Sandpit Beach. It was a typical day of surfing for the 19-year-old Cal Poly student. He has been surfing in the area since he was about 4 years old. It was just a typical day of surfing until a great white shark decided to take a bite of his legs.
Apparently, the whole incident happened so fast that he did not even see a splash. Luckily, the shark mostly got a mouthful of fiberglass surfboard before letting go of Nick. The shark did get a small hold on Nick’s leg that required over 50 stiches, but nick mostly survived the incident intact. Considering that great white sharks have a powerful bite, Nick was able to walk away with minor injuries. He made it back to the beach on his own and was able to make the walk up to the parking lot in order to be driven to the hospital.
Wapner had this to say about the incident, “I think between the fiberglass board and me, it realized pretty quickly it wasn’t a seal. Fiberglass isn’t too tasty, I don’t think. For the shark, it was probably just a play tap really, but for me it was a major ordeal.”
Although the incident was definitely terrifying, Wapner plans to get back to surfing soon and does not hold a grudge against sharks. He said, “I don’t hate sharks now or anything. We are in their home when we’re out there in the ocean. Sharks are part of the natural environment and they help maintain a healthy ocean environment.”
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