Shark Attack Taylors Lake at Broken Head New South Wales Australia

Veteran surfers brush with shark

3rd December 2011

It is thought the shark that attacked Milton Carter off Broken Head may have been a bronze whaler.

VETERAN surfer Milton Cater survived a brush with a shark off Broken Head beach yesterday, but was left with a torn shoulder ligament from the force of the attack.

The “large animal” – either a bull shark or a bronze whaler – gave Mr Carter’s board such a massive whack he was twisted around trying to stay upright. He shouted a warning to his son Nick and was able to paddle ashore with one arm.

Mr Cater, 63, and his son were surfing 40-50 metres offshore near Taylors Lake at Broken Head at 6am when the incident took place.

He had just hopped back on his board after cleaning some wax from its underside when it was struck.

“The noise was unbelievable,” he said. “Very loud, nothing like a soft animal hitting something.”

He said he guessed the shark had been aiming to give him “a nudge”, but missed when he jumped back onto his board, and hit the underside with its dorsal fin.

Mr Cater said the day had “a weird feel” to it before the attack.

“It was a change-of-seasons kind of day. The water smelt odd – like a whale had thrown up – and was opaque and shiny. Dirty after all the rain,” he said.

He surfs regularly at the river mouth spot, but may avoid it for a while, he said.

It was Mr Cater’s first up-close experience with a shark – good odds, he said, after 50 years of surfing.

The attack won’t keep him out of the water, but the shoulder injury will, he said ruefully.

“That’s what I’m most upset about. It’s been a poor spring and now we’ve got some good surf at last, and I can’t enjoy it,” he said.





1 Comment

  1. Paul Crooks

    Geez Milton what happened?!!
    All the hallmarks for a possible encounter… what – blatantly ignored in favour of good surf? recognised, but ignored out of being paranoid about being paranoid? floated somewhere between the conscious and sub-conscious mind only just not quite enough to trigger recognition for response? or is it they were simply not thought of at all until after the incident?… ┬áNevermind, I’m just as guilty of each these scenarios both surfing and scuba and have never experienced an incident… encounters yes, but not with any species known to be possibly dangerous to humans that is. As you say, good odds for 50 years, especially given the locality and by this report it appears you do at times consider that. What a great attitude toward the nature of nature you possess and wishing you luck for future incident free sea-going activity.

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