Whilst out on a charter with one of our regular customers Steve, this big beast turned up & wouldn't leave us alone. He nearly took a chunk out of my Yamaha motors, leaving a few small dents & scratches. Estimated 5.5 meters & of breeding size, showing battle scars on her back & tail most likely inflicted from mating rituals. Spring heading into Summer is acknowledged as pupping & Bass Strait is considered the pumping ground for the eastern seaboard population. This shark looks to be on the verge of dropping her bundles of joy very soon...
I was diving off the coast of Santa Barbara at Refugio Point Sept 1st when I was hit in the back, I thought it was my friends playing a joke on me. I lost grip of my speargun which I quickly retrieved and then it hit me. A HUGE great white which was at least 12ft long attacked me from the left side. It quickly circled around me and I used my speargun to keep it away.
Extremely lucky to get out of this one alive. I saw blood around me and wasn't sure where it was from, so I swam as fast as I could back to shore. Got a laceration on my right foot in the initial hit, I didn't realized the shark had bit me. The shark bite broke two of my toes.
Here is the aftermath of my toes: