Great white shark attack in Northern Calif., 39-year-old man bitten in leg

Jim Britt, communications director with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, holds a new flag that will fly if sharks are detected near Maine beaches, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Last summer Maine had its first documented fatal shark attack. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

File – An offical with the Maine Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry holds a new flag that will fly if sharks are detected near Maine beaches, Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at Crescent Beach in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

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UPDATED 7:27 AM PT – Monday, June 28, 2021

A man is recovering after being bitten by a shark at a Northern California beach. The 39-year-old was attacked Saturday morning at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, which is located south of San Francisco.

Authorities said he was bitten in the right leg by a six-to-eight foot great white shark. The surfer was able to swim to shore and received medical attention before being transported to a trauma center in serious condition.

“He was surfing so he was relatively close to the shore,” stated Brian Ham, Battalion Chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and. “He was out surfing and a great white came up and just took one bite out of him and released him.”

The man has since been treated and released from the hospital.

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