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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

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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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