When Headline News first mentioned a shark bite attack, Many assumed it was another nasty divorce case with over zealous attorneys. Others associated bite with the recent Pitt Bull problems. When the story revealed it was a human beast encounter with a great white shark, legal advocates and pitt bull owners breathed a collective sigh of relief. But for the surfing community in Monterey Bay, little consolation came to those who witnessed a 24 year old California surfer get bit by a shark in Monterey Bay early Tuesday. The surfer was airlifted to a hospital with bite wounds to his torso and thigh. (While the surfers name has not been revealed, Legal Pub has unconfirmed reports that his first name may be "Eric")
The victim screamed and started punching the shark while trying to flee. Witnesses say that the shark took him down under the water. (Another unconfirmed report is that the suspect is a 20 foot great white shark.) Surfers pulled the victim out of the water. He was conscious and breathing when he was taken away by ambulance and then airlifted to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose. The victim is expected to live and has apparently undergone surgery.
After the attack, state officials closed all the beaches from Monterey State Beach to Moss Landing. Hopefully, Surfer Dude will provide an exclusive update as I suspect he has nothing better to do today now that the beaches are closed.
Update 8-30-07 Courtesy of Poster Surfer Dude: "The dude surfing was not Eric it was Todd. Todd Endris is 24 years old. He hails from Marina. He was surfing with a half dozen of his bros at Marina State Beach when the shark attacked him. It bit his board from behind. It was about an hour before lunch when it happened. Some say it was a 20 foot great white. Other dudes say it was closer to 12 or 15. Either way, narly wounds on Todd but they say he will be fine." Surfer Dude
Update 9-12 Todd is doing great. He has a 30 inch scar on his back. He plans to return to surfing in 6 weeks and will be back on his "Super Fish" board. While he says he will go back to Marina State Beach, he will no longer "surf alone."
Update 12-28: An appreciative Todd Endris appeared on Larry King. LINK
Todd is doing real well. He is back to surfing and runs a little business on the beach. Follow the link and you will know why the Beattles were correct in singing "I get a little help from my friends..."
Update 1-4: Excellent video story with Todd Endris here: LINK
Update 10-24-11: American George Thomas Wainwright, 32, was attacked and killed by a great white while diving off a boat near Rottnest Island, a few miles from Perth in Western Australia state.