A surfer welcomed the new year, thankful to be alive after getting attacked by a shark on the North Shore of Oahu.
At around 6 o’clock in the evening on New Year’s Eve, Hawaiian local Marjorie Mariano was surfing Laniakea Beach when a shark struck her left thigh and knee and began to shake her.
The shark, which is believed to be a 10 to 12-foot tiger shark, also left bite marks on Mariano’s board.
“I felt something big and I felt the bite really hard,” Mariano said in an interview. “I turned my body and I looked at the shark face biting my leg and I start to paddle like a maniac. I was like, I need to get out of here.”
She managed to free her leg from the shark’s grip and kicked it in the head. When the predator swam away, Mariano paddled herself to shore while shouting for help. Fortunately, two surfers rushed to her rescue and used a leash as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding. She was then brought to Queens Hospital where she received over 100 stitches to repair the laceration and save her damaged limb.
Mariano’s attack marks the sixth shark incident in Hawaii just for 2017. Just last October, a surfer almost lost his hand when a tiger shark bit him at Davidson’s Beach.
Waikiki Aquarium director Andrew Rossiter reminded everyone to avoid paddling out at dusk and dawn because these are “the times when sharks are most active.”
Mariano still has to undergo more surgeries and face months of rehab to fully recover, but she’s pretty optimistic. When asked if she’ll ever surf again after the horrific incident, her answer was a resounding yes.
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