The boat was about 400 metres off shore when the sweeper's oar was ripped from his hands by the shark
Boat crew's shock as shark gnashes oar
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The shark bit one of the boat's oars (file photo). (Reuters: Ho New)
The boat was about 400 metres off shore when the sweeper's oar was ripped from his hands by the shark - thought to be a juvenile.
Surf boat sweeper, Greg Ross says the crew got the shock of their lives.
"I'd say it probably thought [the oar] was a seal or something just skipping along the water. That's what the rudder does just skips along the water," he said.
"I didn't see it happen. I was just holding the oar and the next thing it was being ripped straight out from behind.
"We all turned around and looked and here's this white pointer with its nose pointed towards the sky, its big red gums and its teeth wrapped around it."
Mr Ross says the shark let go of the oar when it realised it was not edible.
He says it left a couple of teeth in the oar which he has given to his daughter as a souvenir.
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