A surfer bitten by a shark Sunday morning in waters near Bodega Bay suffered severe injuries but is in stable condition, authorities said.
The man was attacked shortly after 9 a.m. while surfing off Salmon Creek Beach, according to the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District.
Authorities believe it may have been a Great White Shark that bit the man on his thigh, and his surfboard is being examined to confirm that.
Nearby surfers who saw the attack helped him to shore and gave him first aid until emergency crews arrived.
He was airlifted by a California Highway Patrol helicopter to Santa Rosa Memorial hospital, where he was in stable condition, the CHP said in a Facebook post.
The waters off Salmon Creek Beach have been closed for the day.
Earlier this year, a swimmer was attacked by a Great White Shark in waters south of Pacifica. On June 26, the 35-year-old man swimming near Gray Whale
Cove State Beach was bitten on the leg by a Great White, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office said.
The man swam ashore on his own and was then taken to Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto.