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Grabbing a Bite on the Beach

Shark Bite Blamed for Minor Injuries to Australian Surfer Near Tabanan

(12/5/2011) An Australian schoolboy is making a rapid recovery after suffering a shark bite near Balian Beach in West Bali.

Marc Andrews injury to his right hand occurred near a river’s mouth at village of Lalanglinggah.

The 18-year-old underwent minor surgery following the incident at the Bali Medical Center Hospital and was released later in the day to recuperate and continue his holiday, scheduled to last until December 15, 2011.

According to a hospital source, the boy escaped serious injuries to his nerves and tendons in his right hand.

Andrews told The Daily Telegraph that, based on information shared by local surfers, the bite was caused by a "stone shark, " perhaps suggesting the injuries were caused in fact by abrasions from crashing into a coral reef rather than an actual shark bite.

Confirmed reports of shark bites in the tropical waters surrounding Bali are extremely rare.