A second Australian shark attack in less than 48 hours has left a surfer with an eight-inch gash to his leg and forced the closure of a popular holiday beach on the northern New South Wales coast.
Shelly Beach - A surfer fought off a shark with his board after being bitten in the leg on Wednesday on Australia's east coast, authorities said, just days after a swimmer died in another attack.
Government shark experts measured the tooth imprints in Jonsson's surfboard and concluded a juvenile great white shark 2.6 meters (9 feet) long was responsible.
Local beaches are expected to remain closed until Thursday with authorities on high alert for further shark activity around Ballina.
NSW Surf Life Saving is using drones, jet boats and jet skis to survey the area.
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"He grabbed him on the leg and pulled him off the board".
Windy weather and choppy surf conditions made that more challenging, Cr Wright said. "He used the board to belt the shark away", Ballina mayor David Wright told Sydney radio station 2GB.
Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial.
UPDATE, 12.40pm: EMERGENCY services will continue to monitor the situation on Ballina's beaches throughout today and tomorrow after this morning's shark attack at Shelly Beach.
Rescue helicopter crew member Ben McCauley, who accompanied all three Cid Harbor shark attack victims on the 100-kilometer (60-mile) flights from Cid Harbor to Mackay Base Hospital, said his role had taken a personal toll.
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"Police and council have asked us to close the beach so our lifeguards are on site until DPI officers can investigate".
"In the meantime we ask people to avoid going into the water at Ballina".
On Monday, a shark killed a man in a harbor in the Whitsunday Islands, where two tourists were mauled in September.
Daniel Christidis, a 33-year-old Melbourne urologist, was mauled on the first day of a five-day yachting vacation with friends and fellow doctors.
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