While Elinor Dempsey wasn’t injured in her encounter with a shark Saturday, her surfboard didn’t fare as well.
Dempsey was surfing in front of Morro Strand Campground in the central coast of California when she noticed what she thought was a dolphin underneath her board, according to supervising ranger Lisa Remington of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. But then the animal — believed to be a great white shark — went after her.
Dempsey pushed the board toward the shark as she jumped off. Nearby surfers helped bring her to shore.
Park rangers evacuated the water soon afterwards.
Dempsey was later reunited with her board, which had a 14-by-8 inch piece chomped out of it.
Fish and Wildlife biologist Mike Harris, who was also in the area, said the bite was likely made by a 6-foot-long great white shark.
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SOURCE: ABC News, Michelle Kim, David Chu and Emily Shapiro