This week’s incident is thought to be the fifth such attack at the rivermouth spot in the last five years, and occurred, like most of the others, at a time when the sea was particularly murky due to outflow from the river. The general consensus is that the shark in question was most probably a bull shark, a species known for its fondness for hunting in and around rivermouths. “[Water visibility at Balian] was shocking six weeks ago,” wrote on Facebook commenter. “Water was like choc milk and the Bulls were thick, saw four or five breaches one morning, reasonable sized sharks too up to about eight foot. ” Which is comforting to know, isn’t it?
Australian surfer Twiggy Van Ryan, now a resident of Bali, was on the beach at the time of the attack and rushed to the victim’s aid. “It was a pretty heavy wound, maybe four inches either side of the tip of the elbow,” he told Stab Mag. “Basically his whole elbow had gone into the sharks mouth and it was pretty badly damaged as the shark pulled back. Really messy.
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