A surfer said he survived a shark attack by using his surfboard to fight off the animal after it bit his calf Wednesday off the Australia coast.
After being pulled from his surfboard, the man saw the shark circling and coming back toward him.
After repelling the shark he managed to get himself back to the beach, apply a tourniquet to the 20cm gaping wound in his leg before driving himself to Ballina Hospital.
Shelley Beach and surrounding beaches have been closed for 24 hours, police said.
Onlookers say the stunned surfer screamed for help as the shark sank its teeth into his leg and repeatedly tried to drag him off the board, piercing it clean through with three-inch teeth marks.
A SURFER is in hospital after repeatedly bashing a 2.6 metre Great White with his board near Ballina on the Far North Coast of NSW.
Ballina Shire mayor David Wright said the surfer put up a courageous fight which saved his life.
Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial.
A Surf Life Saving NSW spokesman said lifeguards will remain on patrol at the beach and available to conduct drone and jet ski surveillance.
Officers seized the surf board and are liaising with Department of Primary Industries to identify the species.
The initial attack caused an eight-inch cut on his calf.
"This is just one of those things we urge people to take care", he said.
The Shelly Beach incident comes just days after a Victorian doctor was killed in a shark attack in Queensland.
He made it to shore and received first aid from friends before taking himself to hospital. "We simply do not know why this is occurring and what is responsible for it", Gschwind said.
The victim, Dr Daniel Christidis, 33, had been diving into the water from a paddle board while on a yacht cruise in the idyllic Whitsundays.
Tasmanian woman Justine Barwick and 12-year-old Melbourne girl Hannah Papps survived after being bitten on consecutive days in September.