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“I got really lucky,” Cal Poly student recounts shark bite at Montaña de Oro State Park

Posted at 8:04 PM, Jan 09, 2019

A Cal Poly student survived a shark bite Tuesday at Montaña de Oro State Park.

Nick Wapner, 19, is from Palos Verdes but attends Cal Poly.

California State Parks officials say a shark bit him off Sandspit Beach around 10 a.m. Tuesday.

Nick Wapner says he’s lucky to be alive after his favorite past time activity quickly turned into a near death experience.

“I just felt this incredible pressure on my legs and I could hear all the fiber glass and foam breaking ,” said Wapner.

“The head of the shark was this big and I saw 80 percent of the body and it was just massive,” said Wapner.

Wapner said that pressure was a great white shark biting down on his legs.

Adrenaline rushing, he immediately went into fight mode kicking the shark in the nose and wrangling his foot from it’s mouth.

Wapner, who says he is an experienced surfer, was helped by a friend. He was able to swim ashore and get to a local hospital.

He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo where he received about 50 stitches.

“I got really lucky I got off it didn’t clip any arteries or else I don’t think I would be here now.”

He says the shark was a great white and was about 15 feet long.

California State Parks posted the sign shown below warning beach-goers of the recent shark attack. 

CA State Parks warn beach-goers of the shark attack.
CA State Parks warn beach-goers of the shark attack.

Photos show the shark bit Wapner’s legs.

WARNING: Some of the photos below are graphic.

Montana de Oro Shark bite

Photo Courtesy: Nick Wapner

Montana de Oro Shark bite
Photo Courtesy: Nick Wapner
Montana de Oro Shark bite
Photo Courtesy: Nick Wapner
Montana de Oro Shark bite
Photo Courtesy: Nick Wapner
Montana de Oro Shark bite
Photo Courtesy: Nick Wapner

 

Shark bites surfer off Montaña de Oro State Park beach