A swimmer survived an attack by a shark that scientists believe can be comparable in size to the largest whitefish ever recorded.
Steve Brommer, 62, was swimming at Lovers Point Beach in Monterey, California, on Wednesday when a shark bit his stomach, leg and arm. Bromer lost 30 liters of blood – but is miraculously expected to make a solid recovery.
Based on a forensic examination of bite marks on the Bruemmer, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that the shark was a great white. Scientists estimate the shark to be up to 20 feet in length, and is the largest fish that eggs typically grow, The Sun reports.
If true, the California shark’s length matches that of Deep Blue, the largest white ever recorded. Deep Blue, a 2.5-ton female estimated to be over 50 years old, was photographed swimming 550 miles south of the Mexican island of Guadalupe.
Great white sharks can live up to 60 years and never stop growing, although their growth slows down as they get older.
The creature that attacked the Bruemmer, as described by experts, is larger than a two-ton, 17-foot shark seen off the coast of Nova Scotia in 2020.
After the Bruemmer attack, officials closed the beach to the public and the Monterey Fire Department deployed drones to search for the shark, but they were unable to detect it.
Police officer Paul Bundy and his nurse wife, Amy Jones, were on paddleboards and arrived in Broomere after seeing the water turn red from his blood.
Surf instructor Heath Braddock brings the kids he’s been guiding safely to shore before heading back into the ocean with two surfboards.
It was 300 feet away. Many tourists cry wolf and shout “shark”! This rarely happens. It’s usually a dolphin, Braddock said.
But this man kept screaming frantically. I saw a pool of blood around him and knew it was real.
Two paddleboards helped get Bruemmer on the biggest of two surfboards.
“I pulled his good arm and they lifted the other arm that had been bitten,” Braddock said. His leg wound was the most obvious – his bones were fully showing. Most of the damage was to his stomach from the front side.
After returning to the beach, the three heroes tore Bruemmer’s suit and wrapped a tourniquet around his wounds to slow the bleeding. He was taken to Natividad Medical Center, where he underwent a two-hour operation and needed 30 pints of blood to make up for the “massive amount” he bled.
Bromer, who is still recovering in hospital, said the shark attack was “unlucky” but he “had a lot of good luck” afterwards.
The day was very calm and warm, and the beach was crowded. “There were no waves and there were no chops,” said Brummer. “So people can hear me screaming ‘Help! “From a distance.
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