A crew member experienced it again when he was bitten by a 1.5 meter long shark after he jumped into the water to ensure that the reef conditions were safe for a group of waiting tourists.
Ryan Bowring, 25, was bitten twice on his right buttock and dropped his hip at Hardy Reef, about 50 kilometers northeast of Hamilton Island in Queensland on March 25 after jumping the 42-meter luxury ship at around 12.30.
The man from Tasmania has left 75 stitches after suffering from wounds up to four centimeters deep and 10 centimeters wide.
& # 39; From scratch it felt like I was being crushed by a big rugby player or something & # 39 ;, he told 9News.
But despite the attack, Mr. Bowring insisted on killing sharks and plans to dive to the coral reef once he is fully recovered.
Hunting officer Ryan Bowring (photo) remembers the time he was bitten by a 1.5 meter long shark in an attack that left him with 75 stitches
The 25-year-old was bitten twice on his right buttock and twice on his left hip at Hardy Reef (photo)
The man born in Tasmania was four centimeters deep, ten centimeters long
Mr. Bowring, who works for Southern Cross Sailing Adventures, underwent surgery and received blood transfusions and rehabilitation at Mackay Hospital after being flown in at 1.45 pm by intensive care paramedics from the popular reef.
The 25-year-old told rescue officers how the suspected bronze whale shark & # 39; a pair goes on him & # 39 ;.
& # 39; It wasn't long before I realized it was a shark on the other side of me, & # 39; he said.
Almost three weeks after the attack, Mr. Bowring bravely returned to the pristine waters where the animal almost cost his life.
He traveled through rough water for three hours, where waves reached two to three meters in height, while he was still recovering from his operation.
& # 39; I love the water too much to worry about the strange shark here and there or the fact that it may happen that you take the risk if you want to do the things you love, & # 39; he said.
The shark attack has been one of many in Australia in the last seven months and has continued the debate about the effectiveness of drum lines – a trap used to catch large sharks using bait hooks.
But Mr. Bowring continues to insist that using drum lines to tackle the sharks & # 39; just crazy & # 39; is.
& # 39; They don't have to be here and we have to do everything we can to help one of the ocean's top predators & # 39 ;, he said.
Despite the attack, Mr. Bowring (photo) has bravely returned to the pristine waters where the shark nearly cost his life
He underwent surgery, received blood transfusions and rehabilitation at the Mackay hospital
The opposition in Queensland is calling for more shark control equipment to be placed in the Whitsundays.
Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said that people are simple & # 39; shark-wise & # 39; must be.
The Victorian man Daniel Christidis (33) died in November after being attacked in Cid Harbor during a trip with friends and colleagues.
That incident followed individual attacks – also at Cid Harbor – against Tasmanian wife Justine Barwick and Victorian 12-year-old Hannah Papps within just 24 hours in September.
There were 26 shark deaths in Australia between 2007-2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Hardy Reef is a popular tourist destination with ideal conditions for diving and snorkeling, but takes hours to reach by boat.
Mr. Bowring has stopped the culling of sharks through the installation of drumlines despite the wave of attacks
There were 26 shark deaths in Australia between 2007-2018, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics