California college student surfer survives attack by 'huge' great white shark which bit his legs

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A California teen survived having his legs bitten by a great white shark while he was surfing at Montaña de Oro State Park.

Nick Wapner, 19, of Palos Verdes, California, told park officials that he was bitten by a great white shark on Tuesday morning while surfing off Sandspit Beach at Montaña de Oro State Park in Los Osos, California.

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The Cal Poly student estimated that the shark was about 15 feet long and had an 18-inch dorsal fin and said that the bite went from his right ankle all the way up to his left thigh, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

One of the three friends Wapner was surfing with that morning drove him to the hospital, where Wapner received about 50 stitches.

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The cuts were described as being 'deep' but not life threatening, as the bite didn't cut through his legs, Montaña de Oro State Park Ranger Supervisor Robert Colligan said.

The great white might have been taking a 'kind of an exploratory bite, as sharks will sometimes do,' Colligan said, noting that 'The shark might have bitten, and then realized it wasn't what it was looking for and let go.'

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Wapner told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that he was getting ready to catch one of the last waves of the day when,...
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