By DAVID MOASE
WHEN 15-year-old Blake Garnett (pictured left) stepped off his surfboard in shallow water at Park Beach, he felt a sharp pain in his heel that made him think he had stood on a rock.
When he tried to move his leg, however, he felt something pulling back the other way.
In the dim dusk light of Wednesday afternoon, Blake was unable to see what had hold of him but the pain and blood made him quickly realise he had been bitten by a shark.
Lying in a bed at the Coffs Harbour Health Campus yesterday, Blake, from the Sydney suburb of Maroubra, was coming to terms with just how fortunate he had been.
"I've never encountered a shark before so I guess I'm pretty lucky," he said.
Pet Porpoise Pool senior curator Greg Pickering yesterday said the shark was possibly a 'baby' bronze whaler or black tip, while experienced fishermen thought a wobbegong was also a likely culprit.