It is not immediately clear what type of shark attacked the doctor.
A British doctor was surfing with two friends at Avoca Beach 60 miles north of Sydney, Australia, when a shark bit into his right shoulder in a "terrifying" moment that "only lasted five seconds".
He told Australian TV: "I saw a shark's head come out of the water, with its teeth, and I just punched it in the face".
After only being in Australia for two months, the recovering doctor said he's not sure if he'll share the news back home.
"When it happened, I was like, "just do what Mick did, just punch it in the nose", he said. "So Mick, if you're watching or listening, I owe you a beer".
Charlie Fry saw the shark's jaws approaching and closed his fist in preparation. "Thank you very much". "I'll get to tell the story for the rest of my life".
Fray said he wasn't conscious of his injured and bleeding arm until he reached the shore.
"I didn't really notice it at the time, because when you're surfing, all I was thinking was 'I'm about to die, ' and I was just. thinking about getting in (to shore) as fast as possible".
"Geez I don't know if I can tell mum, she might kill me", he added.
"I$3 got back on my board, shouted at my friends who were there and then managed to catch a wave in". The Sun reported that lifeguards spotted a great white shark, reported to be an estimated 10-feet long, and a bronze whaler shark in the area shortly afterwards.
The man was taken to Gosford Hospital by his friends after he sustained scratches and a puncture wound.
Fry said he could not return to the ocean for a week due to his injuries, but "after then, I'll be racing to get back in".
"North Avoca and Avoca beaches are now closed following a shark attack", the council said.