The great white shark which attacked a man – leaving him needing nearly 30 pints of blood transfusions – is now thought to be one of the world’s biggest sea beasts.

Steve Bruemmer, 62, lost several litres of blood and had to have a transfusion of nearly 30 pints after he was targeted by the beast at Lovers Point Beach, in Monterey Bay, California.

He was enjoying a swim when the sea monster dragged him underwater before witnesses saw him resurface and shout for help on June 22.

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The retired IT specialist was “lucky to be alive” after three surfers rushed to his rescue and took him back to shore with their paddle boards.

Quick-thinking paddle boarders rushed to save the attack victim

Having had his bites checked out by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, it now appears that the shark could have been up to 20 feet long – which is about as large as they can get.

Officially, a great white shark called Deep Blue measures around that length and weights 5,500lbs and is thought to be more than 50 years old.

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Although difficult to prove, if the one Steve came into contact with is the same length, or even longer, it will be the biggest great white shark ever spotted.

It is thought to be around, or possibly more than, 20ft long
It is thought to be around, or possibly more than, 20ft long

Despite the size of the beast and the damage it did, Steve believes he was fortunate that the shark attacked him in a spot “that seemed survivable”.

He said: “The shark bite was unlucky, but after that, I’ve just had so much good luck.

“The day was so calm and warm and the beach was crowded. There were no waves and there was no chop.

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“So people could hear me yelling ‘help’ from a great distance, including from the Rec Trail, where someone called 911.”

“I remember I was lying in the ambulance and I thought, ‘my lungs are good. I can breathe.’ So I didn’t know if I was going to bleed to death, but my lungs were good.

“The fact that Natividad has a trauma centre was a lifesaver.”

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