A 10-year-old boy has described the terrifying moment he was attacked by a shark.
Jackson Bartley, from Sydney, was holidaying in Coral Bay, Perth when he was bitten on the foot by a suspected bronze whaler shark on Friday morning (June 11).
He described how he saw a shadow moving “faster and faster” before the animal bit him on the leg.
“I was just snorkelling with my dad and then I saw this shadow,” he told ABC Australia.
“We did the snorkelling with the whale sharks a few days before and I thought since I saw a dugong snorkeling with the whale sharks … I thought it might have been a dugong at first.
“But then it came closer and got faster and faster.
“And then I thought it might have been a reefy [reef shark], but then it tried to bite me.”
Jackson said the shark missed initially before returning to attack his leg.
He then said the shark swam past him and his dad. The youngster screamed at his dad “shark” then showed him “my big sore”.
Doctors were on the beach when the terrifying scenes unfolded and managed to jump in and brought him to safety on the shore.
Ambulance officers transported Jackson to the Coral Bay nursing post before the Royal Flying Doctor Service brought him to Perth.
“I was bleeding,” he said. “At the moment, I thought I was going to die because it was really scary.
But the plucky schoolboy has not let the encounter put him off getting back into the water.
He promised to get back to surfing after first getting used to the water again in deep pools and the shallow water.
“I just love the ocean,” he said. “I still like sharks but I just don’t want to swim too close to big ones like that.”
The beach at the reef was closed for 24 hours after the incident.