Suspected shark attack at Port Macquarie

A surfer has suffered a minor wound following a suspected shark attack at Port Macquarie yesterday evening.

About 6.15pm (Thursday 5 December), a 26-year-old surfer at the northern end of Shelley Beach felt something hit his right hand.

The man noticed he had cuts to his right hand and blood on his leg. He did not see a shark and was unaware at the time that he could have been bitten by one.

The surfer took himself to Port Macquarie Hospital where he was informed the wounds were consistent with a shark bite.

He was being treated for puncture wounds to his hand and a laceration to his leg. He was expected to be released later that night.

The area where the incident occurred is isolated and not used by many general beach goers. Police went to the beach last night and found nobody else in the water.

An expert will attend Port Macquarie in a bid to identify the species of shark involved.

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