Shark attack horror as beast sinks teeth into teen surfer and beaches shut down

A teenage boy suffered a horror shark attack this morning during a surfing trip to an Australian beach.

The young boy was attacked at about 10:30am local time at North Avoca beach, causing both Avoca and North Avoca beaches to be shut down following the traumatic incident.

It is understood the surfer suffered injuries to his right arm and he was ultimately taken to hospital by paramedics.

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Central Coast Council, which manages the area where the incident occurred, tweeted: "Our thoughts are with the young surfer involved.

"Please avoid both beaches at this time until the incident can be investigated further."

The council added: "A UAV [drone] operator has been deployed to North Avoca beach for further search."

Shark nets are set to be installed on Thursday (September 1) following the horror attack.

Speculation over the kind of shark that attacked the surfer has arisen since the incident, with shark biologists believing a great white was the likely culprit, according to the N South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

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"NSW DPI shark biologists have assessed photographs of the teenager’s injuries and surfboard and have determined the bite indentations are indicative of a white shark," a spokesperson said.

The news comes following reports of a 'plague' of great white attacks in Australia, with one recently having bitten a canoe in half.

Earlier this month (August 17) a man had a lucky escape after one of the ocean beasts snuck up behind him and sank its teeth into his kayak while he was paddling off Coffs Harbour in northern New South Wales.

Commenting on the incident, local yacht club head commodore John Wait told the Australian Daily Telegraph it had been "only a matter of time" before an attack happened, as shark numbers in the area had reached "plague proportions".

However he didn't seem too concerned about the rising population numbers, stating that rises in shark populations were normal for the region around this time of year.

He added: "It's just one of those things – numbers will start to drop off again soon".

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