Pro Surfer Gets Attacked by Shark on Live TV During Competition
Pro surfer Mick Fanning was in the middle of a surfing competition in South Africa when something went down that made our jaws drop. While he was taking a moment to rest on his surfboard in the middle of the ocean, two sharks could be seen rushing towards him and thrashing around so violently that Mick fell off his board (O.M.G.).
The announcer – who was just as freaked out as us - could be heard saying "holy sh*t" as the sharks' fins became visible. Lucky for Mick, rescuers quickly responded in a safety boat and pulled him and another finalist, Julian Wilson, out of the water before it was too late.
Surprisingly, Mick escaped from that craziness unscathed, but, after days of watching "Shark Week," we really don't know how he made it out without even as much as a scratch from one of the shark's razor sharp teeth. It's just so crazy.
"I was just sitting there. I was just about to stop moving, and I felt something grab. [It] got stuck in my leg rope and I instantly jumped," he told a reporter, according to NBC News. "And it just kept coming at my board and I was like kicking and screaming." When the reporter jokingly asked if he got any punches in, he said, "I punched it in the back."
Hours after the shark attack, the World Surf league ended up canceling the competition, announcing the prize money would be split between Mick and Julian. "I'm happy to not even compete ever again," Mick told a reporter once he was back to shore. "I just want to let all my family and friends know, I'm okay," he said. "I'm just tripping out."
We think we'll stick to the pool from now on.