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‘Maybe it did just want to eat me’: the Australian surfer who survived a great white shark bite – The Guardian

Exclusive: Chantelle Doyle tells how a 2.5m shark lacerated her leg, how her partner fought it off with his fists and why we need to help the fish that bit her



Chantelle Doyle lies diagonally across her hospital bed with her heavily bandaged right leg propped up on a chair at a 30-degree angle.
She is trying to help her nerves heal. It might not work. Great white sharks can bite hard.
Twelve days ago, the 35-year-old was surfing with her partner, Mark Rapley, when a 2.5m juvenile great white took her leg in its mouth and severed the nerves below her right knee, taking a chunk out of her calf.
What Rapley did in the seconds that followed in the surf …

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