Great White encounter in Croatia

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A spearfisherman survived a bite by a massive 20ft Great White Shark as he swam off the Croatian coast with pals.

The 500lb monster took a piece out of 43-year-old Damjan Pecek’s leg as he swam underwater near the remote Adriatic island Vis. Doctors later pulled two huge shark teeth from the diver’s calf.

The first his friends knew of the encounter was when their pal surfaced in a pool of his own blood screaming “Great White. Oh God it’s a Great White. Help me. Help me. Get me out.”

The incident happened just 20 feet from the shore in the island’s Smokova bay, a popular spot with tourists.

After getting him ashore, Damjan’s pals radioed for an ambulance. The diver is now in hospital in Split where doctors are treating the wounds to his leg.

The attack is one of a growing number of incidents in European and British waters involving Great Whites, which normally prefer warmer waters off Australia and South Africa.