Shark Attack on Etienne Decora
Written by Etienne Decora for SharkAttackSurvivors.com
Attacked June 1st, 1988
Daytona Beach – Volusia County - FL - U.S.A.
Water Temperature about 85 degrees - F
Clear Sunny Day
Clothes - Bright multi colored surfing shorts - no wetsuit or shirt
Riding white surfboard with black and white logo on bottom (town and country Hawaii) - 6'4"long board with no leash.
Waves - Small 1-3 foot clean surf
I was surfing next to the Main St Pier in Daytona Beach Fl in 3-6 feet of water.
The shark was a bull shark about 6-7 feet long.
I rode a wave in and was paddling back out.
The shark was spotted on the other side of the pier and took an aggressive immediate U turn and attacked me, (According to some of my friends fishing on the pier).
My friends were yelling but I couldn’t hear them in the surf.
I never saw it coming until it hit me.
The shark hit me at a high rate of speed with great force.
I was grabbed by the foot and the shark shook its head.
The shark then went to bite again and I was able to remove my foot.
At this point I was turned around on my surfboard.
The shark came at me again and I hit it on the snout and it went away.
I then paddled in with my foot in the air .Luckily the lifeguards were running drills that morning and were on hand to dress the wounds.
I had two operations and 275 stitches to repair tendon damage.
It took about six months to get back to normal.
I continued surfing and have surfed the same spot many times since.
My guess would be that the attack was a territorial attack not mistaken identity because of the aggressive U turn and lack of baitfish.
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