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A surfer has escaped with a minor wound following a shark attack at Port Macquarie yesterday evening.

It is the second attack on the north coast in less than a week, after a 19-year-old Port Macquarie man was killed by a shark while surfing near Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

About 6.15pm yesterday (Thursday December 5), a 26-year-old man surfing at the northern end of Shelley Beach felt something hit his right hand.

The man noticed he had cuts to his right hand and blood on his leg. He did not see a shark and was unaware at the time that he could have been bitten by one.

He took himself to Port Macquarie Hospital where the wounds were found to be consistent with a shark bite.

The man was treated for puncture wounds to his hand and a laceration to his leg.

Police say the area where the incident occurred is isolated and not used by many general beachgoers. When they checked the beach last night they found nobody else in the water.

An expert will visit Port Macquarie in a bid to identify the species of shark involved.

 


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