For some cause, the animal kingdom should hate Dylan McWilliams.
On Thursday, the 20-year-old resident of Grand Junction, Colorado, was bitten by a shark whereas boogie-boarding off the island of Kauai, Hawaii.
That is lower than a 12 months after McWilliams was attacked by a 300-pound black bear whereas tenting in Boulder County, Colorado, based on CBS Denver.
McWilliams was about 30 yards from shore when he was knocked off his board and all of a sudden felt a searing ache in his proper leg.
“At first I panicked,” he advised the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. “I didn’t know if I misplaced half my leg or what.”
McWilliams mentioned he believes the animal that attacked him was a 6- to Eight-foot tiger shark — he noticed the stripes — and he kicked it onerous earlier than making an attempt to swim to shore.
“That was the scariest half. I didn’t know the place the shark was, and I didn’t know if he would come after me once more,” he advised the paper.
McWilliams did make it to shore the place bystanders helped him get to an emergency room.
Though the damage wasn’t life-threatening, McWilliams suffered some deep cuts based mostly on the images he posted on Fb.
Though an expertise like that may make some afraid of future ocean swims, McWilliams was mad the cuts saved him from boogie-boarding.
“I’m simply mad that I can’t get again within the water for a pair days,” McWilliams advised Hawaiian TV station KGMB.
After all, McWilliams is nearly used to being attacked by massive creatures with massive tooth after his bear encounter final 12 months.
“The bear grabbed the again of my head and began pulling me and I used to be combating again as greatest as I may,” he mentioned. “It dropped me and stomped on me slightly bit, and I used to be in a position to get again to the group and so they scared it away.”
Oh, and three years in the past, he was bitten by a rattlesnake whereas mountain climbing in Utah.
Regardless of being a magnet for animal assaults, McWilliams holds no grudge: He simply figures he was within the mistaken place on the mistaken time.
“I’ve at all times liked animals and spent as a lot time with them as I may,” he advised the BBC. “I don’t blame the shark, I don’t blame the bear, and I don’t blame the rattlesnake.”