A professional surfer had to be helped from the water after being bitten by a shark in Western Australia.
Max Marsden was surfing at Lucy’s Beach, south of Geraldton, on Sunday morning when he was attacked.
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE: Competitive surfer attacked by a shark near Geraldton.
The animal behind the attack is believed to be a 1.5 metre Bronze Whaler.
A friend of Marsden’s was standing on the shoreline and helped him out of the water.
He then drove him through rough terrain to a waiting ambulance, taking him to hospital.
7NEWS understands he was expected to undergo surgery on his right arm overnight.
Lucy’s Beach was closed on Sunday following the attack but will reopen on Monday.
Shark attacks in Geraldton, particularly those involving Bronze Whalers, are rare.
The last reported incident involving a Bronze Whaler in WA was in Perth more than two years ago, when a surfer was knocked from his board.