Scientists said that the shark that grabbed a 10-year-old boy from a fishing boat off northwest Tasmania was likely white in color about 3.5 meters long.
Lucas Arnott is recovering after the attack 5 km off Stanley Coast .
He was standing on the side of the boat when the shark dragged him into the water. Lucas survived after his father, John, jumped after him and scared the shark.
Maritime scientists at CSIRO examined the life jacket and concluded that the damage corresponds to the white shark, which has a total length of about 3.6-3.7 meters,” Tasmanian police said in a statement.
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Police said the attack was a “painful event for the boy and his family” who demanded privacy while Lucas continued to recover.
While this was an exceptional event, it highlights the importance of wearing a properly maintained and properly equipped life jacket, as this, along with his father’s courage, helped save the boy’s life.”
Lucas spent several days in the hospital after undergoing surgery on wounds to his arm, chest and head.
Passersby at Stanley, which has a few hundred people, gave Lucas first aid on the beach before the paramedics arrived.
His grandfather, David, previously thanked those in town for the help.
He said: “As you can understand, it was a shock to our family and it took us some time to understand what happened.