Surfer Escapes Shark Attack During Competition and the Camera Captures It All (VIDEO)

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Forget Shark Week -- with the number of shark attacks we've been having so far this year, it's more like Shark Summer! And the most terrifying footage of all just came to us straight from South Africa, where professional surfer Mick Fanning was nearly eaten alive during the World Surf League's J-Bay Open competition!!


The footage is absolutely terrifying -- and proof that there are few things more bloodcurdling than the sight of a dorsal fin cutting through choppy waters. Australian defending champion Fanning was competing in Jeffreys Bay on the eastern Cape when the shark came swimming toward his surfboard -- as spectators watched helplessly. Fanning told Fox Sports:

"I was just sitting there and I felt something just get stuck in my leg rope, and I was kicking trying to get it away."

"I just saw fins. I was waiting for the teeth."

Luckily for Fanning, the teeth never came, as he was able to "get a punch into its back" and startle the giant fish enough so that he could make an escape. (According to the World Surf League, Fanning and co-competitor Julian Wilson were then rescued via jet skis; there was also apparently ANOTHER shark after them!) So everybody's safe and sound, but HOLY YIKES, just look at how scary:

Yeah, I'm pretty much never swimming in the ocean again, how about you? Seriously, Fanning is one lucky guy (not to mention quick-thinking). With the number of people who've lost limbs already this year -- as well as the high occurrence of ominous sightings thus far -- it really does seem as if the sharks are taking over! (It's worth noting that the waters off of South Africa are considered some of the most "shark-infested" in the world, and that another pro surfer was killed by a shark off of Jeffreys Bay in 2013.)

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Of course, I guess fending off Jaws could be considered an occupational hazard of sorts for professional surfers, but that doesn't make it any less profoundly horrifying. The tournament has been called off, and no word on when it might resume at this point. Maybe they could try it in a nice, safe wave pool? Or a pond?


Image via Francis Gonzalez/YouTube

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