Gnarly footage out of Margaret River region, south of Perth, Australia where a great white shark attack on a surfer was caught on video by a Swellnet camera overlooking the surfing spot.

9NEWS reports the man in his 20s was attacked at the Boat Ramp surfing spot at Gnarabup Beach. The great white bit his leg and his surfboard went flying. Bleeding heavily, the surfer managed to paddle 600 meters back to shore under his own power. Once on the beach an off-duty nurse administered first aid before he was rushed to a hospital. The surfer is reportedly in stable condition after “saving his own life.”

The shark was spotted again 15 minutes after the attack. Local beaches were closed for the rest of the day.

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24 JULY 2023

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are currently investigating a reported shark bite incident at Boat Ramp Surfing Spot, near Gnarabup Beach in the Shire of Augusta Margaret River. 


  • DPIRD received a report of a possible shark bite incident at approximately 8:45am, Monday 24 July. 
  • DPIRD is working with local authorities and further information will be provided as it becomes available. 

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Gnarabup and Prevelly area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 

DPIRD is working with local authorities to coordinate responses.

Extra information: 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website –, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – Check for updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.