An abalone diver who survived a second shark in nine years has been released from hospital.
Greg Pickering was mauled in the face, neck and upper body by a suspected great white last Tuesday morning while diving for abalone off Poison Creek, about 160km east of Esperance.
Mr Pickering endured about 10 hours of surgery at Royal Perth Hospital to mend his wounds after he was flown to Perth for treatment.
His family last week said they were indebted to all those involved in bringing him to safety and said it would be “a long road to recovery”.
Mr Pickering was bitten twice on the leg by a bronze whaler in 2004 after diving into the water to help a friend who was being harassed by the shark while they spearfished off Cervantes.
Friends last week said they were unsure whether the attacks would keep Mr Pickering out of the ocean.
Mr Pickering was discharged from RPH last night.
His family says he is in good spirits.
“He begins the long road to recovery surrounded by his loving family,” they said in a statement.Mr Pickering’s family has asked for privacy until he is ready to speak about his ordeal.