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Surfer attacked by shark off Northern California coast

  • This Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, photo provided by Sunni Scrivner shows her husband Jay Scrivner at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Calif. A man bitten by a shark off the Northern California coast says he was having a great day of surfing when the great white “came out of nowhere.” Forty-five-year-old Jay Scrivner of Eureka tells The Associated Press in a phone interview from his hospital bed Monday that the nearly 10-foot-long shark bit his thigh and his board on Sunday as he surfed near Humboldt Bay close to Eureka. (AP Photo/Sunni Scrivner)

EUREKA — It was a perfect day for surfing. Except for the shark.

Jay Scrivner, a 45-year-old college English teacher, was waiting for waves off the Northern California coast near his hometown of Eureka on Sunday morning after surfing for about two hours when a great white he estimated at about 8-to-9 feet long bit his thigh and board.

"Sometimes you have a feeling that the water is weird," Scrivner told The Associated Press in a phone interview from his room at Eureka's St. Joseph Hospital on Monday afternoon. "But everyone was just so happy. I was lying on my board, paddling around just waiting for a wave set."

Scrivner regularly surfs at the spot near Humboldt Bay known as the Samoa Peninsula. He was aware that another surfer, Scott Stephens, survived a shark attack in the same area last year.

Scriver said that "out of nowhere" he saw the shark's teeth and nose. After he was bitten, he took a swing at the great white and let out what a friend nearby described as a primordial yell.


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