BBCI: Australian surfer Mick Fanning in another shark scare

The shark fin

Australian surfer Mick Fanning narrowly avoided a shark attack for the second time in three years in South Africa on Wednesday.

It's the same place Fanning famously came face-to-face with another great white shark on the same day back in 2015.

Unlike last time when he was close enough to get into a boxing match, Fanning didn't catch a glimpse of the shark until he was recapping the action later, and it's safe to say he was impressed.

In a scene reminiscent of the 2015 competition, a great white shark made its appearance at the World Surf League quarter-final heats on Wednesday at Jeffrey's Bay.

Mr Fanning was surfing against Mr Medina when the 3m-long predator was spotted moving towards them.

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Mick Fanning's mother, Elizabeth Osborne, was watching his competition closely and told 9NEWS she was anxious when she saw the swell drop. "Look at that thing, that thing is a beast.at least they saw this one". "I'm glad they got us out of the water", he said.

"Those things are just submarines, however long they are, the roundness of them as well. they are big, big beasts".

That's quite the risk, but surfers keep coming back for "long, fast barrels off an intense point break" that can last for almost 1,000 feet. Medina beat Fanning to advance to the semi-finals. "I felt for a little while he was flat on the water but now he is back to his old self again". Prior to this week's event, he said: "I really feel at home here and so comfortable and relaxed".

Both surfers were plucked out of the water by safety teams, as staff tracked the shark until it left the area.

With Florence out, Australia's Matt Wilkinson will retain the leader's yellow jersey irrespective of the result in his quarter-final against Wilson.

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