A surf lifesaver has survived a great white shark
attack at one of Perth's northern beaches in Australia
Martin Kane, 62, was leading a group of five on surf skis in the water south of Mullaloo beach when he was rammed by a shark
, which he believes to have been a great white, and flung into the water.
The group, who were about 150 metres offshore, had just seen a pod of dolphins and, at first, Mr Kane thought that's what it was.
He told ABC News
: "I seriously thought it was a row of dolphins smashing into the ski.
"What really confused me was the extent of the noise and the crunching sound, it really surprised me, I really didn't know what it was until I saw the fin and realised it was a shark."
Mr Kane says he did not think he would survive.
"Soon as I saw his tail and thrashing around with the ski coming right out of the water, I said it's time to get out of here so in defiance I threw my paddle at him and started to swim away," he said.
"At that moment I thought I was gone."
But one of his friends picked him up out of the water and swam him back to shore.
Surf Lifesaving WA's Paul Andrew described it as a forceful attack, saying: "The paddler leading the group was attacked by a shark which hit with great force sending him flying into the air.
had a go at the ski and his comrades in arms came and picked him up and took him back to shore.
"The guy that actually picked the person [being attacked] out of the water paddled past the shark to go and pick his mate up.
"It's an extremely brave act to firstly paddle past a shark of that size and pick his mate up, so his act of braveness is courageous, there's no other way to put it."
Mr Kane said he felt "very lucky to be here, very lucky to be able to see my grandkids again".
The Fisheries Department is searching for the shark and said it will be tagged if found.
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- Cape Buffalo
Many people might not realise that the cape buffalo is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa, and will react with force when it feels threatened. These beasts can weigh up to 1.5 tons and stand at 1.7 metres high; they're so intimidating that even lions don't usually consider them dinner. Cape buffalos will charge, and then gore its victim to death with its impressive horns.<br />
<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 200 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> These animals will charge and gore their victims to death with their huge horns.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Africa</p>
- Venomous snakes
Out of the world's 2,000 species of snake, around 250 are thought to be capable of killing a man. The Asian cobra does not have the deadliest venom, but is believed to be responsible for the biggest portion of the thousands of snakebite deaths every year. In Africa, the black mamba is the largest venomous snake and, during an attack, can strike up to 12 times, each time delivering enough neuro and cardio-toxic venom to kill a dozen men within 1 hour.<br />
<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 50-125,000 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> A snake will use its fangs to pierce the skin and inject its paralysing venom.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Africa, Asia, Australia, North America</p>
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<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 100-150 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Hippos will charge, trample and gore its victims, and have been known to upturn boats and canoes without warning.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Africa</p>
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<strong>Kills: </strong>An estimated 100 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Jellyfish use their tentacles to pump venom and paralyse its prey. Deaths in humans are usually a result of cardiac arrest.<br />
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<strong>Kills: </strong>Two to three million people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Female mosquitos pierce the skin with serrated mouth parts, and inject a saliva with a thinning agent to liquidise the blood.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Worldwide, more harmful in Africa, Asia and North America</p>
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<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 100 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Sharks use their razor-sharp teeth to rip chunks out of its victims. Great whites usually take a big single bite, drag their victims into deeper waters, and wait until the prey bleeds to death before they eat it.<br />
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<strong>Kills: </strong>An estimated 5 to 10 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Bear will use their teeth and claws to maul and trample their victims.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> North America, Canada, North Pole, and Russia.</p>
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<strong>Kills: </strong>An estimated 600-800 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Crocodiles will grab their victims with terrifying speed, and often launch into a 'death roll', weakening its prey, dragging it under water and drowning the victim.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Africa and Australia</p>
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<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 800-2,000 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> Scorpions use their tail stingers to paralyse their prey with venom.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Worldwide; particularly Africa, the Americas and Central Asia.</p>
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<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 300-500 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique: </strong>Most human deaths are result of the elephant trampling on its victim.<br />
<strong>Lives in: </strong>Africa and India</p>
- Big cats
African lions are the biggest of the big cats, and are known to kill around 70 people in Tanzania alone every year. With the destruction of their habitat, human attacks by leopards in India, and the North American mountain lion are thought to be on the increase.<br />
<strong>Kills:</strong> An estimated 800 people a year.<br />
<strong>Deadly technique:</strong> African lions will often use strangulation to kill their prey, while tigers will attack from the back and aim for the jugular, and mountain lions will maul their victims.<br />
<strong>Lives in:</strong> Africa, North America, and India</p>
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