“Two shark bites in an arvo in the same place, that’s pretty hectic.”

Australia’s east coast is still reeling from the devastating floods that recently devastated much of the continent in ways previously unimaginable.

Swollen rivers flooding everything in their path.

Cities have been wiped off the map entirely.

Lots of horror on the ground.

Situation still ongoing in many places (you can donate to support relief efforts here).

Even places that haven’t been hit too hard like my area are still seeing warm, syrupy water conditions more than three weeks later.

We went from P-Pass blue to Canggu brown and it still shows no signs of returning.

Before and after the rain.

With the rain came the sharks.

Dazed by the amount of cattle and trash pumped into the queue, they bump and grind on anything that pops up around their periphery.

Bulls, mainly.

The type to nibble first and ask questions later.

Amazingly, a sleepy little backwater here on the mid-north coast of New South Wales has seen two bull shark attacks in one day.

Crowdy Head sits just south of Port Macquarie and is one of the most easterly points on mainland Australia (behind only Cape Byron and Seal Rocks, for those playing from home).

Crowdy is a protected bay. North exposure. Might have been a good break point if not for the fishing port right at the top of the point.

He holds a special place in my heart. I learned to surf there as a grom. I scatter my father’s ashes at one of his favorite spots just around the bend in the bay. Always visit regularly.

It is, however, an objectively shitty wave.

Can get good once or twice a year, but most of the time it’s a ten mile long fence.

Which makes getting hit by a shark even more annoying.

Tradie Tim McAndrew was coming out for a quick paddle in the muddy brown water around five o’clock when he was hit.

“I was only in the water for about a minute. I was in water up to my chest and just got up after I put my leg rope on. Then ‘wooshka’, that thing is came in and hit me like a bowling ball and I thought ‘what the fuck was I looked down and yeah I saw the blood and I thought “shit, I got bitten by a shark”.

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Fortunately, Tim only suffered minor injuries. Was able to travel to Manning Base Hospital in nearby Taree for treatment.

But after being treated by a friendly nurse, he found he wasn’t even the first shark attack victim the nurse had seen that day.

“When we got to the ER and I told the triage nurse I had been bitten by a shark, she said ‘oh another one! ‘” Tim said. “She pointed in the direction of this guy and I spoke to him and he had arrived in the ER 40 minutes before me. He had also been bitten by a shark in Crowdy Bay.

Tim said the guy told him he had been doing laps in Crowdy Bay for 30 years.
“Two shark bites in an arvo in the same place, that’s pretty hectic.”

As far as I can remember, there have been no attacks on Crowdy’s main beach in living memory.

Although another local ran into a bull on the nearby beach some 15 years ago. Given the turbidity and the heat of the water, this type of activity is obvious.

But compare the bull shark attack victims, who are still mostly walking, talking and smiling, with the recent spate of white shark attacks we’ve seen along the coast.

Poor souls consumed whole in methodical, unaggravated attacks.

These white people are not joking.