Todd Endris is back in the water and surfing again less than three months after a shark attack nearly killed him. Endris was saved by a pod of dolphins who protected him long enough to make it to shore, where a friend of his used his surf leash to make a life-saving tourniquet.
The shark… hit him first as Endris was sitting on his surfboard, but couldn’t get its monster jaws around both surfer and surfboard. “The second time, he came down and clamped on my torso — sandwiched my board and my torso in his mouth,” Endris said. That attack shredded his back, literally peeling the skin back, he said, “like a banana peel.” But because Endris’ stomach was pressed to the surfboard, his intestines and internal organs were protected.
The third time, the shark tried to swallow Endris’ right leg, and he said that was actually a good thing, because the shark’s grip anchored him while he kicked the beast in the head and snout with his left leg until it let go. The dolphins, which had been cavorting in the surf all along, showed up then. They circled him, keeping the shark at bay, and enabled Endris to get back on his board and catch a wave to the shore.
Oh, nice of the dolphins to take a break from cavorting after the third bite. "Hey, so should we save him or not?" CHOMP! "Eh, I dunno. I really don't wanna get out of this cavorting groove I'm in." CHOMP! "Oh, that is nasty. His back looks like a giant hang nail." CHOMP! "Gross! Well, we might as well form a protective ring. I'm in no mood to cavort after that."