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Martin Kane, 62, said he still could not believe he had survived the terrifying encounter with the 3m shark, believed to be a great white, during a regular morning paddle with three mates near Mullaloo Beach yesterday.
He was thrown into the ocean when the shark rammed his ski and latched onto it near Pinnaroo Point about 7.15am.
Mr Kane was rescued by one of his fellow paddlers who risked his own safety by paddling into the path of the shark to retrieve his mate from the water.
The father of five said he was about 50m in front of his fellow paddlers and enjoying a magical morning on the water, relishing a beautiful sunrise with dolphins swimming nearby, just moments before the shark struck.
“It was just absolutely sensational down there and I thought how lucky I am to be alive,” said Mr Kane, who paddles four times a week.
“We’d seen the pack of dolphins and they slowed down to take a look. I said, ‘oh I’ll keep going. I’m getting cold’.