Thirty-six-year-old surfer Dale Carr is recovering in hospital after being attacked by a shark at Lighthouse Beach, south of Port Macquarie, late Saturday afternoon.
DPI authorities are still investigating the attack.
But Port Macquarie Hastings mayor says Peter Besseling said he did not believe the incident was related to attacks around Ballina and Byron because he believes a different species of shark was involved.
‘I know there’s been a lot of interest further north, particularly with some larger great white sharks, however I think the indent that occurred at Lighthouse Beach was potentially coincidental… particularly if it’s confirmed that it was a bull shark,’ he told ABC radio this morning.
Police activated the surf rescue emergency response system at 5pm after reports of a body boarder involved in a shark attack.
By the time the Duty Officer reached the scene, the man was being administered first aid by fellow surfers and members of the public.
Mr Carr, a local, was taken to Port Macquarie hospital suffering stomach and back wounds.
All beaches in the region were closed for 24 hours but have subsequently reopened.