By The Associated Press and Laylan Connelly | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: January 9, 2019 at 12:24 pm | UPDATED: January 9, 2019 at 12:25 pm LOS OSOS, Calif. (AP) — A surfer suffered leg bites but survived a shark attack on California’s Central Coast after kicking the massive fish away. Nick Wapner, 19, was bitten on Tuesday morning while he was surfing with friends off Montana de Oro State Park, the Tribune of San Luis Obispo reported. The area is about 200 miles (320 kilometers) northwest of Los Angeles. Wapner grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, and for the past few years has worked as a Huntington State Beach seasonal lifeguard. Park Ranger Supervisor Robert Colligan said Wapner reported being attacked by a 15-foot (4.6-meter) great white shark that clamped down on his right ankle and then up to his left thigh. Wapner told the newspaper that the shark came up from beneath him as he paddled into position for an incoming wave. “It all happened quickly, but I turned and saw that it had one of my legs in its mouth,” Wapner said. “The thing was huge.” He said the shark thrashed and bit down on his legs for… Read full this story
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