A surfer has gone viral after showing off his wounds at a bar rather than at a hospital following the shark attack that occurred while the man was surfing.
23-year-old Frank O’Rourke is a professional surfer who converted an accident into an opportunity after showing off his shark bites in a bar to get free drinks.
The incident occurred at Jacksonville Beach in Florida, USA, when the surfer got thrown off his board and attacked by a small shark.
While the animal clearly wasn’t very big, the bites were severe enough to leave Frank with a bleeding arm and deep teeth marks.
Instead of seeking medical attention after the attack, however, Frank took to a nearby bar to show off his battle scars and get free drinks.
“It was kind of panic, like, ‘Did that just happen?’ It kind of took him a couple seconds to, like, gather himself and realize, like, ‘Wow, I just got bit by a shark,’ and then we all went into the beach,” one of the eyewitnesses, RJ Berger, shared.
“He immediately went to a bar because he was like, ‘I got bit by a shark’ and people were like, ‘I’ll buy you drinks.’ So he went and hung out at the pier.”
Speaking of the shark attack to WJTX, O’Rourke said:
“Craziest thing to have happened to me in my life. I felt something jump out of the water and latch onto my arm by my elbow. It just grabbed onto me and thrashed in the water and swam away.
“I’m very lucky that I still have an arm. You can see the jawline, like where the jawline is of the shark. There’s still blood on my surfboard.”
Defending the sea predators, Frank added that “they’re usually swimming and doing their own thing. This shark just came out of nowhere. It just came out of the water and grabbed me like it wanted me.”
“If it’s your time, it’s your time. If the shark wants you, they want you. You’re more likely to get struck by lightning than killed by a shark. I’m going to buy a lottery ticket,” the surfer added.
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