A surfer was airlifted to hospital yesterday after being attacked by a shark in the water just off Marina State Beach in Monteray, California.
The 27-year-old man, who has been named as Eric Tarantino of Monteray, was attacked around 7am, just minutes after he and a friend entered the water.
The shark bit him on the neck and the right forearm and left teeth marks in his red surfboard.
His friend helped him out of the water and other surfers used beach towels to try to stop the bleeding.
He was taken to a local airport by paramedics and flown to the San Jose Regional Medical Centre.
His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Following the attack, signs will be posted along the area's beaches warning of the shark danger and recommending that beach-goers stay out of the water for the next week.
The waters will be observed in the coming days to check for any shark activity.
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