Surfer in Australia attacked by great white shark, punches it to escape; video

Swiss-born surfer Marcel Brundler is lucky to be alive on Tuesday after being bitten by a great white shark. Brundler, 37, was surfing at Cathedral Rock in Victoria, Australia, with a handful of other people when a rather large dorsal fin surfaced right next to him and one other surfer.

Initially, Brundler thought it was merely a dolphin. But he soon realized it was a great white shark around 10 feet in size.

“But then I realized fairly quick because it was more than half a metre wide, with a massive dorsal fin, and it looked at me,” Brundler told Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “Then it kind of dived off, came back and circled me, and took a fair notch out of my board, circled me again, then it got me on my wettie, it got me on my hip. Luckily, it’s just a little scrape on my skin.”

Brundler was then dragged by the shark. He reacted quickly and began punching it as hard as he could, also shouting and using his board as a shield. A set wave came and Brundler caught it in to the rocks to get away.

Thankfully Brundler was wearing a thicker winter wetsuit, which he credits with keeping him from having any serious injuries: “Luckily I was wearing a really, really thick rubber wetsuit, which probably saved me from bigger injuries,” he told Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Miraculously Brundler walked away from this shark attack, which could have ended tragically. Despite the encounter, Brundler told Australian Broadcasting Corporation that it does and doesn’t change his interest in surfing again.

“It kind of does [put me off surfing again] but also doesn’t, because I’m always in the nature of fish, on the boat, surfing. So it’s just something you live with, it’s just a fish.”

More about sharks from GrindTV

Child severely bitten by shark at 'usually best beach for kids' to swim

Surrounded by large sharks, diver cuts wrist to prove a point

Shark attacks seal dangerously close to water-goers, causing panic