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Terrifying shark attack as chilling warning follows ‘not to be in water’

A shark attacked a surfer in a terrifying assault just three weeks after a Brit was tragically mauled to death by one of the sea beasts nearby.

A council in Sydney, Australia has stressed that 'now is not the time' to go swimming in the shark infested waters following the attack.

Fortunately, the lucky surfer escaped unscathed after the scary attack yesterday (Tuesday, March 8) – but a photo showed large teeth marks and dents on their surfboard.

Dylan Parker, mayor of eastern Sydney suburb Randwick, confirmed that lifeguards had reported a shark attack at 7.50 am at nearby Maroubra Beach – a stone's throw from the place where British expat Simon Nellist was killed last month.

Both Maroubra Beach and nearby Coogee Beach had been closed at the time due to dangerous conditions for surfers in the water.

According to a spokesperson for the local council, the overcast conditions in Sydney and murky water from earlier torrential rain meant surfers faced a higher risk of an attack.

The spokesperson said lifeguards on jet skis had spotted a shark during a patrol of the region later that day, but it is not confirmed whether it was the same shark that had made a beeline for the surfer.

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The council representative said: "We’re just stressing that now is not the time to be in the water."

This comes just weeks after an urgent tourist warning was issued after a British man was attacked, moments from the spot where this recent attack occurred.

Brit Simon Nellist was killed by a shark on February 16 in Sydney's first fatal attack in 60 years.

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Ocean photographer and fisherman Al McGlashan issued a chilling warning following the attack, telling the Daily Telegraph: "I've caught more sharks this year than all the years combined.

"It's ridiculous – you just catch them one after the other."

Mr McGlashan, who has fished in the area for 30 years, suggested the warmer waters could be drawing the sharks closer inshore, making them more of a threat to swimmers and surfers.

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