Heart-stopping moment surfer dodges shark attack by inches as 8ft beast lunges at his feet


THIS is the heart-stopping moment a surfer dodges a shark attack by just inches, as the 8ft beast lunges at his feet in the water.

Pro-surfer Matt Wilkinson narrowly avoided a shark attack while surfing near Ballina, on New South Wales North Coast, Australia.

The shark can be seen directly beneath the surfer

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The shark can be seen directly beneath the surferCredit: Facebook
The beast turned away at the last minute, narrowly missing the surfer

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The beast turned away at the last minute, narrowly missing the surferCredit: Facebook

The terrifying moment as the beast edges closer and closer to the surfer was caught on camera.

The surfer said: “I heard a little splash behind me, looked back and there was nothing there, and then the lifeguards drone came down and said that there was a dangerous shark in the area.

“The shark had kind of come at me from in front and then went around the back and had a little go at my legs, then last minute decided that my feet stunk or something and turned away.”

It’s not yet known what kind of shark it was.

Wilkinson said: “It could have been either a little white or a bull shark or a bronzie.

“It was probably about 8 foot long, it looked like it was a few feet longer than me.”

The 32-year-old said that this experience was unlike anything he had felt before, despite having surfed near sharks in the past.

He added: “I’m feeling pretty lucky.

“We get to see sharks a little bit out in the surf but that was definitely my closest encounter and I hope it doesn’t get any closer than that.

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“I got to feel that weird, heart-sinking but lucky feeling when I saw that footage.

In 2015, three-time world champion surfer Mick Fanning was attacked by a shark at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.

Wilkinson added: “When I saw the footage I saw the similarities like I had a yellow leg rope on and Mick’s board was yellow is what I was thinking about when I came in.

“But I’m still here in one piece and I’ll live to surf another day.”

The dangerous 8ft long shark can be seen getting closer to the man

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The dangerous 8ft long shark can be seen getting closer to the manCredit: Facebook
The horrifying moment was caught on camera

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The horrifying moment was caught on cameraCredit: Facebook





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