A woman who was attacked by a shark on the NSW South Coast has shared photos of her injuries.
Michele Bootes, 63, suffered lacerations to her shoulder, back, hip and buttocks after she was attacked at Merimbula's Main Beach on Saturday about 7am.
Ms Bootes, Pambula Surf Life Saving Club member, told 7News she “felt a strike” as the shark attacked her.
The 63-year-old fled the water and walked to a nearby cafe nursing her injuries.
“I was just scared in case he was going to have another go at me,” she told 7News.
She said she felt OK once she was out of the water. Ms Bootes was hospitalised in a stable condition.
On Facebook, she asked locals if they were keen for a swim on Saturday morning.
“This morning's (Friday) swim in the rain was magic,” she wrote.
She told Nine News in a Facebook message: "I'm fine".
Ms Bootes added she has undergone surgery and been given antibiotics.
It is not known what type of shark attacked her.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Robert Whitney said "bystanders on scene reported seeing fins and a large animal".
NSW SharkSmart tweeted it was a shark of “unknown species”.
The beach will remain closed until Monday.
#AUSTRALIA DAY // Surf Life Saving NSW congratulates Michele Bootes on receiving the Bega Valley Shire Council Citizen of the Year Award today. Michele is a Pambula SLSC member and launched the Same Wave, inclusive Nippers program 21 years ago. https://t.co/ZFPsrxr0vg pic.twitter.com/pCDz2ZgG5y
— Surf Life Saving NSW (@slsnsw) January 26, 2020
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