Lucky break: Man survives horrible shark attack
Twenty-four-year-old Todd Endris was about to have the worst day ever. One Tuesday morning off the coast of Monterey, California, he went out to ride the waves, little expecting he was about to stare death straight in the eye.
Out of nowhere, while surfing, he was attacked by a great white shark. The killer fish tried to swallow Todd and his surfboard whole, but he couldn't get his jaws around both together. A bitter struggle ensued.
On the second try, the shark managed to squeeze Todd and his surfboard together enough to get them in his chops. The beast ripped open Todd's back with his razor-sharp teeth and the ocean around them turned red, but the fight wasn't done.
On his third attempt, the shark snapped at his victim's right leg. With his left leg Todd kicked wildly and, incredibly, made the monster let go. Then, just as suddenly as the attack had begun, a rescuer arrived out of the blue.
In fact, a group of rescuers. A pod of dolphins appeared, circling the wounded surfer and creating a protective wall around him. They allowed Todd to escape before the shark devoured him. Incredibly, he was able to ride a low wave all the way to shore.
His friend Brian Simpson hurried over and called for an ambulance. He made a tourniquet with the cord from the surfboard, since Todd's torn-open right leg and back were bleeding profusely.
Even when everyone expected Todd to die, he himself didn't lose faith.
A helicopter soon arrived on the scene to take the injured man to the hospital. He needed 500 stitches and 200 staples to mend the wounds.
Todd survived the horrible injuries from the shark attack even while losing nearly half the blood in his body. After a few weeks though, he was on his way to recovery. And amazingly, he still wanted to go surfing again.
It wasn't easy at first, but he overcame his fear.
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Everyone who goes surfing or swimming in the ocean should be fully aware of the risks. And of course, whenever possible, stay alert to official warnings about the presence of sharks. After all, as Todd himself acknowledged, when we enter the ocean it's humans who are intruding on sharks' territory and not the other way around!