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Mick Fanning, Surfer Attacked By Shark, Opens Up About Ordeal in New Interview

Mick Fanning, Surfer Attacked By Shark, Opens Up About Ordeal in New Interview

Mick Fanning, the pro surfer who was attacked by a shark and miraculously escaped unharmed, is opening up about the scary experience while surfing in South Africa.

“To walk away from a shark attack with not a scratch on you, it’s a miracle, really,” the three time world champion surfer told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I’m doing okay, I haven’t got a scratch on me. It’s more of an emotional, mental trauma right now. It’ll probably take a couple of weeks or months to get over. I don’t know,” Mick added. “I don’t know whether I punched it hard or just a couple of baby punches, but I just went into fight or flight, really.”

Fellow Australian surfer Julian Wilson watched Mick get attacked.

“At first I was frozen,” Julian added. “Mick was looking at me, a big old fish popped up behind him. It was a lot bigger than him. I saw him start to get kind of manhandled by the shark, and I was kind of freaking out. He was kind of getting wrestled off his board, and then a wave came between us and I started paddling for him, just fearing for his life.”

If you missed it, watch the insane video of Mick getting attacked right here. We send Mick lots of good thoughts during this traumatic time.

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