A surfer bitten by a ‘massive’ great white shark at a popular surfing beach in Western Australia has revealed the tattoo that ‘saved his life’.
Phil Mummert’s leg was mauled by a five-metre great white shark while surfing at ‘The Farm’ at Bunker Bay about 2.15pm on Friday.
The 28-year-old was thrown off his surfboard before being bitten on the upper part of his leg.
Mr Mummert was airlifted to Bunbury Regional Hospital after getting back to shore and since shared the tattoo he believed ‘saved’ his life.
His girlfriend, Mish Wright, shared a picture of his shark jaw tattoo from hospital.
The picture reads: ‘How ironic the shark jaw tattoo Phil has on the same side he got bitten by one … He reckons it saved his life’.
Phil Mummert’s (pictured) leg was mauled by a five-metre great white while surfing at ‘The Farm’ at Bunker Bay about 2.15pm on Friday. He was airlifted to Bunbury Regional Hospital after getting back to shore and is recovering well
His girlfriend, Mish Wright, shared a picture of his shark jaw tattoo (pictured) from hospital, which Mr Mummert believes ‘saved’ his life
The 28-year-old was thrown from his surfboard before being bitten on the upper part of his leg. The five-metre great white shark ended up biting his board in half (pictured)
Ms Wright went on to say that Mr Mummert’s surgery went ‘really well and he’s now recovering’.
‘We’ve been flooded with lots of lovely messages and I’ve been reading them all to Phil, thank you,’ Ms Wright said.
‘Also, for those asking, I was on the beach with Koa (our puppy) when it all happened and he is being well looked after.
‘A massive thank you to everyone who has helped out during all this chaos.’
Mr Mummert tried to defend himself by kicking the shark, which bit his board in half.
He also tried to keep the back part of the broken board in its mouth to distract it.
Surfer Brent Jones told 7News Perth he saw the ‘massive’ fin appear from the water while ‘waiting for a wave’ with about seven others moments.
‘I thought the guy was gone because the shark was just huge,’ he said.
‘He’s just very, very lucky to be alive’.
Mr Mummert was rescued by fellow surfers Alex Oliver, Jess Woolhouse and Liam Ryan.
Mr Mummert’s upper leg was bitten before being hauled onto a board of a fellow surfer and taken to shore to be treated by emergency services (pictured)
The great white shark attack happened at a popular surfing spot known as ‘The Farm’ at Bunker Bay (pictured) about 2.15pm on Friday
They witnessed the attack and sprung into action to haul him from the water onto one of their boards.
‘Alex went straight over. He hopped into the ocean. Alex is the bloody hero. He deserves a bravery medal,’ Mr Jones told The West Australian.
Mr Woolhouse and Mr Ryan, who had never met Mr Oliver before the attack, told The West Australian they shared a beer after the ordeal.
‘We saw him (Mr Oliver) down the pub last night. We hugged it out and had a beer with him,’ they said.
‘Alex was the first one to help. Alex turned his (board) around away and went straight over there.’
Ms Wright said she was on the beach with their dog Koa (pictured) at the time of Mr Mummert’s attack
Mr Mummert underwent surgery for his injuries (pictured) and is doing ‘really well’, his girlfriend said