Shark thrashed surfer from side to side like a dog as flesh teared away

A shark thrashed a surfer from "side to side like a dog" as it clamped down on his arm.

Brian Audas said he felt his flesh "tearing away" during his horror wrestle with a six to eight feet long shark when out on his board near Perth, Western Australia.

The then-25-year-old was one of 60 surfers and swimmers in the water at Yallingup on April 13 1963 – another was a man called Bob Phelps, who recalls the frightening moment he saw Brian's attacker.

Bob said he watched a “light grey shark between six and eight feet long rise out of the water and fall on Brian".

Brian described the initial feeling of the shark as a bump against his body as it popped up above the surface.

In an attempt to keep his distance, Brian stretched an arm out to push the shark away only for it to become something of a chew toy.

He said: “As I swung my arm at it to push it away, it grabbed hold and started chewing — tugging my arm from side-to-side like a dog. I could feel the flesh tearing away, but I didn’t feel any pain at all."

To free himself from the shark's jaws, Brian frantically splashed water until it let go of his arm and swam off.

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Emperors of the Deep author William McKeever writes many cases similar are recorded in the International Shark Attack File (ISAF), which he says proves sharks do not see humans as food.

"If hunger were the shark's primary motivation for the attack, Logan would have made an easy meal," the author said.

McKeever added: "ISAF records show that between 50% and 75% of all recorded shark attacks are motivated by something other than hunger or feeding.

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"Sharks are intelligent apex predators, and they learn quickly where to find food sources.

"Given the millions of swimmers, divers, and beachgoers descending into the oceans worldwide, the sharks would have a field day if they wanted to rely on humans for food.

"If sharks were truly intent on eating humans, the world's oceans would be nothing short of carnage."

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