The 23-year-old Australian surfer who lost his left arm and both hands in a shark attack last year has spoken out about his ordeal.
Sean Pollard was attacked by two great white sharks when surfing in a remote Western Australian beach in October 2014. First a shark latched onto his arm, and then once he tore himself free a second shark joined in the attack. He managed to wrestle himself out of the shark’s grip and make his way back to the shore, where his life was saved by an off-duty paramedic.
The shark came underneath me. I was trying to paddle calmly so I wasn’t splashing around like I was panicking, but once it got directly behind me it charged through the water.
That’s when it really went in for the kill. I spun around to try and face it. It just moved so quick. That’s when it come up out of the water, I didn’t even see its teeth.
It took me. And its eye was right there in front of me. Its eye was the blackest black I’d ever seen, and that’s just a vision that’s, like, burnt into my mind. I can’t get it out, just this cover going over its eye as it bit down on me.
Both my arms were in its mouth and it just took me underwater. I remember having to hold my breath and it just shook its head, like seven or eight times.