Great White Shark the Size of a 'Four-Wheel Drive' Attacks Teen Fishing

A great white shark the "size of a small four-wheel drive" attacked a teen who had been fishing in Australia.

Luke Pascoe, 17, had been spearfishing off Mistaken Island, near Goode Beach in Albany, when the shark bit him, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said in a statement.

The teenager told 9News that he looked down and spotted the shark "cruising in front" of him.

"It took one turn, had a look at me, took another turn, and on that last turn it just came straight for me and bit me on the legs," Pascoe told the news outlet, who said he then went into shock.

"You don't really realise you've been bitten by a shark," he said. "So I gritted my teeth and kicked as hard as I could with both legs just trying to get back to shore or at least to a point where I felt the shark couldn't get me anymore."

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Pascoe told ABC that his best friend Connor Shirley saved his life after giving him a piggyback to shore.

When Pascoe had been bitten, Shirley noticed what was happening and sprung into action. Shirley told 9News that he thought he was dreaming at first.

"It was huge, the size of a small four-wheel drive," he told the news outlet.

The teen made a tourniquet from his dive belt to stop his best friend from bleeding and piggybacked his friend 2km to shore, ABC reported.

"I owe my life to him. I was lying in bed last night and I was thinking to myself how lucky I am to still be here," Pascoe told ABC.

Pascoe was rushed to hospital and where they found several lacerations on his lower leg. He is currently in hospital recovering.

Great white sharks can be found in coastal areas around Western Australia. They sometimes swim into the shallows, in areas where people swim. Despite their infamous reputation, great white sharks do not actively hunt humans.

Experts believe attacks occur when the shark approaches out of curiosity, or it feels threatened in some way.

Despite the ordeal, the teen told ABC that he does not blame the shark for what happened. "It's more my fault than the shark's fault," he told the news outlet.

Perth Now reported that there had been a great white shark sightings about 40 miles offshore before the incident occurred.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) issued a statement recommending the public to take additional care in the waters surrounding Mistaken Island.

The Department said it is currently investigating the incident. Newsweek has contacted it for an update.