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2 YEARS To The Day - Mick Fanning Is Plucked From J-Bay As Great White Circles Nearby

'That thing is a beast!'

2 YEARS To The Day - Mick Fanning Is Plucked From J-Bay As Great White Circles Nearby

Pics: WSL


Just when Mick Fanning thought it was safe to go back in the water.

The Aussie surfing champ has been plucked from the surf at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa after a monster shark sighting, two years to the day he punched his way out of a shark attack at the same beach.

He was surfing against Gabriel Medina in the quarter-finals when the jet skis rushed in to pull them out of the water, the shark was circling about 600m away from them.


Fanning was taken aback by the size of the shark while recapping the day's action with commentators.

"That thing is a beast! At least they saw this one. I'm glad they got us out of the water," he said.

Fanning says he saw the amusing side once he was on the boat and wasn't too panicked about lightning nearly striking twice. The encounter didn't seem to shake the surfers, Fanning and Medina both agreed not long after that they felt safe enough to continue the competition.

It was a very different story in 2015, he was just centimetres away from being crunched up by a great white, but managed to punch it away before being whipped up onto a jet ski.

A very shaken Fanning was counting his lucky stars and the whole thing was filmed live, in the footage you could see the shark's fin emerge from the water as Mick struggles to pull himself on his board.

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