Monday 29 May 2017

Watch the moment Irish-Australian surfer fights off shark on live television

Fanning managed to fight off the shark until a boat came to rescue him.
Fanning managed to fight off the shark until a boat came to rescue him.
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This is the jaw-dropping moment professional surfer Mick Fanning fought off a shark on live TV.

Mr Fanning, who is ranked the 4th best surfer in the world for 2015, can be seen thrashing with a shark while competing in the World Surf League’s JBay Open in South Africa.

The 34-year-old, whose mother and father come from Ireland, jumped from his board in order to use it as a shield against the predator.

Fanning managed to fight off the shark until a boat came to rescue him.

Not long after the incident, Fanning said he was expecting to get bit.

“I was just sitting there, I was just about to start moving and then I felt something grab ... get stuck in my leg rope,” he told Fox Sports.

“I instantly just jumped and he kept coming at my board. I was just kicking and screaming. I saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth."

The sporting event was cancelled for the rest of the day.

This is not the only spectacular shark-related video to surface this week. Video footage, filmed in Massachusetts, captures the moment a great white shark was saved after becoming stranded trying to catch seagulls.

A group of around 30 people kept the animal alive by pouring water over the shark until conservationists arrived on the scene.

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