Shark attack survivor who felt beast ‘chewing on arm’ to return to snorkelling

A brave shark attack survivor is itching to get back into the water just days after the beast bit his arm over the weekend.

Peter O’Halloran, was snorkeling 400 metres off the Exmouth Gulf in the north-western stretch of the Australian coast, when the beast lunged at him in attack, clamping onto his arm.

The snorkeler, 57, drove himself to the nearest hospital in Exmouth, before being flown to Perth, where he underwent surgery on the gaping wound on his arm.

Reliving the attack, O'Halloran said: “I was halfway through a dive, going down when I felt something chewing on my arm”.

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With not a single soul in sight, Mr O’Halloran swam back to shore and walked 3000 metres across rocks before reaching his car, leaving a trail of blood behind him.

Fishery officers are still working to identify which species of shark attacked O’Halloran, who is adamant he doesn’t want to give sharks a bad reputation.

He added: “If it wanted to eat me, I wouldn’t be here.

“I just want a fair deal for the shark, I don’t want to beat up the sharks.

“It’s a pretty crazy story to tell your mates at the pub though, I can’t wait to show them my scar."

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Reflecting on the attack, O’Halloran said he was grateful he made it alive, considering no one had had the slightest idea where he was.

According to reports, the number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900.

Over the past several summers, a number of high-profile shark attacks have been reported around the world, with four fatal attacks in the past year alone.

But ocean swimmers only have one in 11.5 million chance of being bitten by a shark, according to the International shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

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