An experienced diver has had to have some of her teeth removed from her skull after she was bitten by a Great White shark on the face.
Bridgette O’Shannessy, 32, was attacked while swimming with her partner off a reef shelf at Port Noarlunga, south of Adelaide, on Friday at about 1.20pm.
Ms O’Shannessy has since undergone two surgeries at Flinders Medical Centre after losing some of her teeth and suffering nerve damage.
Despite the horrific facial injuries, Ms O’Shannessy is now in a stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery.
Ms O’Shannessy is an experienced diver and environmental consultant at Flinders University and had been free diving at the time of the attack.
Her partner Brian Gordon Roberts was by her side when the Great White appeared and is understood to have pushed the shark away, Seven News reported.
‘Unfortunately Bridgette was hit by a white pointer at Port Noarlunga reef yesterday’, Mr Roberts wrote on social media.
‘She’s out of theatre now in ICU and in a stable condition.
‘She’s doing really well considering the circumstances.
‘Thanks for all the well wishes I’ve been passing them on to her.’
South Australia Police said in a statement that officers evacuated the water following the incident ‘while a search to locate the shark was undertaken’.
‘Members of the public have since returned to the water after the search failed to locate the shark,’ a police spokesperson said.
The beach remains open and the Westpac Lifesaver helicopter was doing the rounds on the lookout for the shark on Saturday.
The latest shark attack comes after a surfer was mauled to death by a huge 4.2-metre Great White shark near Granite Rock south of Streaky Bay, SA, last week.
The horrific incident claimed the life of 55-year-old local man Todd Gendle.
Witnesses described the moment the shark launched at the surfer before he was dragged underwater by the animal.
One man saw the surfer’s body in the shark’s mouth before he saw blood everywhere and the man’s lower body disappear.
The shark attack last Tuesday was the region’s second in recent weeks after South Australian woman Pamela Cook was mauled by a shark at Beachport on October 2.
The 64-year-old was on her morning swim with local community group Beachport Sea Urchins and Slugs when she was attacked shortly before 8am.
Just months earlier in May, 46-year-old Elliston man Simon Baccanello was killed in a shark attack on Walkers Rocks Beach.
The teacher was mauled some 30 to 50 metres offshore.
Port Noarlunga is a popular beach spot among locals and tourists.
Visitors are known to go swimming and snorkeling in the area and conduct light boating activities such as kayaking.