This surfer apparently did the right thing by not freaking out. But still… HOLY CR*P! That was close.
This is the frightening moment a three-metre Great White started trailing a surfer back to shore, just two weeks before another man lost his arm and hand in a nearby shark attack.
Andy Johnston was out with a small group of surfers at West Beach near Esperance, south-east of Perth, on September 21 when people ashore spotted the dark shadow looming.
Other surfers managed to clear the water onto a reef after people started to honk their car horns to warn of the approaching shark, but Mr Johnston opted to stay put.
‘I’d rather try to hold my ground against it and not freak out and make a commotion,’ he told the Esperance Express following his close encounter.
‘If you’re going to get chomped then you’re going to get chomped – there’s nothing you can do about it.’
The un-fazed surfer said he didn’t even think the shark posed a threat, but admits if things had gone badly it would have been traumatic for anyone who witnessed the attack.
‘It seemed just curious and I didn’t want to give it a reason to chase me so I tried to behave casually and keep an eye on it,’ Andy Johnston said.