PACIFICA, Calif. (NewsNation Now) – A great white shark bit a man in the leg while swimming off a northern California beach on Saturday morning, authorities said.
Nemanja Spasojevic told NewsNationNow.com he was looking for crabs when the attack occurred.
He thinks he was bitten by a shark 6 to 8 feet long.
“I had 10 puncture wounds out of 10 teeth,” Spasojevic said. “One of the teeth actually cut and went through the vein, so it was kind of a major injury.”
The 35-year-old’s injury was not life-threatening and he was able to swim to shore at Gray Whale Cove State Beach, about 18 miles south of San Francisco, where he received medical attention. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Lt. Eamonn Allen said. .
Spasojevic said a fisherman helped save his life.
“When the paramedics came in and put on the real tourniquet, that’s when I was like, ‘Okay, I’m going to live. I know for sure.
Spasojevic says he won’t hesitate to return to the water.
“I don’t think this will change my love for the ocean,” Spasojevic said.