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Australia man uses surfboard to fight off shark that bit his leg

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SYDNEY -

A man has used his surfboard to fend off a shark that bit him on his calf off an Australian beach two days after a fatal attack on the Great Barrier Reef.
  
The 43-year-old surfer was bitten Wednesday morning at Shelly Beach off Ballina in New South Wales state.
  
Ballina Shire Mayor David Wright said the surfer described the shark as about 5 feet long. Wright told Sydney's 2GB radio the man came onshore, wrapped his leg and went to the hospital for treatment of a 8-inch wound.
  
Beaches in the area are expected to be closed for at least 24 hours.
  
On Monday, a shark killed a man in an island harbor in the Whitsunday Islands where two tourists were mauled in September.

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