A surfer has had a narrow escape in a shark attack off Western Australia’s north, with the predator biting the board.
Surf Life Saving WA said the surfer was struck by an unknown species of shark after being spotted at 7am on Wednesday about 50m offshore from Cable Beach in Broome.
The surfer was not injured but the large shark left teeth marks in the surfboard.
The beach has been closed.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working with local authorities to co-ordinate responses.
Fisheries officers will patrol the shore, but it is not possible to conduct water patrols due to the approach of a low-pressure system, the department says.
The attack comes two-and-a-half weeks after hotel worker Charles Cernobori, 59, was killed by a bull shark while bodyboarding about 30m from the shore in Broome.