A surfer who was attacked by a great white shark was left with his leg “like hamburger meat”, according to his mother.
Cole Herrington, 20, was bitten while dangling his legs from his surfboard in Oregon, USA.
The shark reportedly chewed on its plank and its left lower leg and dragged it under the water before releasing it.
He is now reeling from the ordeal on Sunday at a place known as The Cove, south of the town of Seaside.
The attack left him with a cut running from his little toe to his heel and another on his calf.
His mother Amy Powell said it looks like the shark was letting go and scraping his leg, the New York Post reports.
A photo of the surfboard shows that it had bite marks.
She added, “It looks like hamburger meat. I think he’s still in shock.
Cole said he hadn’t even seen the shark. Suddenly he was underwater. Suddenly the adrenaline started.
“He doesn’t remember much about it.”
The aspiring electrician was due to undergo surgery this week at a hospital in Portland, Oregon, and is said to be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
A shark expert said the surfer, who was with two friends when the attack took place on Sunday, is lucky to be alive.
Peter Klimley, a former professor at the University of California, told The Oregonian, “That guy has a lot to be thankful for.
“If a shark really wanted to eat him, he could. If they don’t want to release something, they don’t have to.
“This surfer was small and helpless in the shark’s mouth.
“The shark made a decision not to eat it and let it go.”
He said the terrifying predator was likely drawn to the movement of his surfboard.
But it would have released him after realizing the surfer wasn’t a seal, he added.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the surfer, who has raised more than £ 5,000 to date.