A woman has been hospitalised after being bitten by a shark off a NSW South Coast beach.
Surf Life Saving NSW said the woman, 63, was bitten at Merimbula's Main Beach on Saturday about 7am.
The woman was bitten on the shoulder, back, hip and buttocks.
She remains in a stable condition.
"Surf Lifesavers are working with Council to close beaches in the area for the next 24 hours, from Wallagoot Lake down to Pambula," Surf Life Saving NSW said.
"Department of Primary Industries experts are investigating and are yet to advise on the type and size of the shark involved.
"Surf Life Saving drones will launch this morning to conduct surveillance of the waters off Merimbula and will work with the DPI to monitor any marine activity."
It's not clear what species of shark bit the woman.
NSW Ambulance Inspector Robert Whitney said "bystanders on scene reported seeing fins and a large animal".
“What we could see is that the patient suffered multiple wounds in what would have been a terrifying event, paramedics did a fantastic job in treating the patient down at the beach before transporting to hospital," he said.
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