A boy survived a horrific shark attack by kicking the predator in the head.
Napat Chaiyarak Christenko was swimming in the sea off the coast of Phuket in Thailand on Sunday when the attack took place.
The eight-year-old was in the water with his father when he suddenly started screaming and lashing out at something that was attacking his leg.
Napat told police that after trying to extricate himself from the shark, he reached under the waves and hit his head.
After escaping the creature, Napat’s terrified parents pulled him out of the water as blood spurted from his right calf.
Emergency services were called and paramedics took Napat to Bangkok Hospital in Phuket for treatment.
Napat – who remained calm during the ride in the ambulance – told doctors the bite on his leg was “the most painful thing” he’s ever experienced.
“I felt pain in my leg and looked down and saw the shark biting me,” he said.
“It was the most painful thing ever. I hit him to make him leave me alone.’
Doctors examined Napat’s wound and initially suspected that he had been attacked by a barracuda, which, based on the bite marks, was estimated to be around 80 to 120 centimeters in length.
However, marine and shark specialists examined the wound and later determined that Napat had been bitten by either a blacktip reef shark or a bull shark, which are commonly found in the Andaman Sea.
They believe cloudy water may have obscured the shark’s vision, leading it to mistake Napat’s leg for a fish.
dr Kongkiat Kittiwattanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Center, said the “very violent” attack occurred during the breeding season.
“Sharks are found in surf zones and usually hunt fish. It might have mistaken the boy’s calf for a fish and bitten it,’ he said.
“The boy is very brave. He told us he hit the shark while attacking it.’
The environmentalist said he believed the wounds were “definitely caused by a shark.”
“The wounds were inflicted by a shark as both the upper and lower teeth were used in combination,” added Dr. Added Kittiwattanawong.
“It was a sharp wound on both sides, with the upper and lower teeth breaking at the same time.
“The shark came to eat and thought the boy was food, so it bit its leg. But when it took a bite and realized it wasn’t food, it didn’t attack again.’
After the incident, Kamala District officials rushed to reassure tourists that the waters are safe by posting a warning sign near the crime scene and arranging for surveillance officers to patrol the area.
They said shark attacks in Thailand are “extremely rare”.
The website Shark Attack Data, which tracks global shark attacks to improve understanding of when, how and why sharks interact with humans, has recorded five unprovoked attacks in Thailand since 1966.
Of the five attacks, one non-fatal attack took place in Phuket in 2015, another off the coast of Rayong in 2001, and the third in 1966 at an undisclosed location.
Two fatal unprovoked shark attacks have been recorded in Thailand, one at an undisclosed location in southern Thailand in 1979 and a second in Phang Nga province in 2000.
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