Great white shark bites surfboard, leaves tooth behind

By Ben Hooper
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June 5 (UPI) -- A great white shark chomped down on an Australian man's surfboard and left behind an unusual calling card -- one of its teeth.

Photos that circulated on social media show what happened when a kiteboarder examined his damaged surfboard after an encounter with what he initially thought to be a turtle at Flat Rock beach in Ballina, New South Wales.


The photos show the surfboard with a chunk bitten out of the rear and a shark tooth embedded in the damaged area.

Police used Facebook to track down the surfer and were able to obtain the shark tooth so it could be examined by the Department of Primary Industries, which confirmed the tooth came from a great white shark.

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