This shark attack was no joke.
A teenage surfer told The Post he was just making a joke to a friend about a shark bite in the Long Island ocean when one of the increasingly dangerous sea creatures swam up and chewed his right foot.
“I felt something like a bear trap on my foot, just get me from below,” said Max Haynes, 16, of Islip, recalling the brutal beating he suffered on Wednesday.
“It went right onto my foot and got stuck. It felt like I broke my foot.”
Haynes — who has become the sixth victim of a shark attack in Long Island waters in three weeks — was catching waves with his friend James about 45 feet offshore at Kismet Beach on Fire Island when the shark attacked, he said.
He stepped out of the six-foot-tall ogre and frantically tumbled onto the bank.
“I thought I had to get out of here immediately. I started paddling and I said, ‘James, you better follow me if you want to get out of here alive,'” said Haynes, a junior lifeguard who works at Jones Beach.
“It lasted 3 seconds. I kicked and it decided to let me go. I realized I wasn’t an easy target,” he said.
When the teenagers came ashore, his pal initially didn’t believe he had been attacked by a shark – until he saw blood spurting from a 4-inch wound on his right foot, Haynes said.
“There’s a pretty big wound under my toe. Luckily it didn’t get any worse,” said Haynes, a prospective junior at Islip High School. “I think I’m lucky.”
Shortly before the attack, high school students had been joking about the rash of recent shark bite incidents in the area.
“We threw each other off the board and laughed. Thirty seconds later I’m bitten. It was pretty crazy,” he said.
At least five other people — including lifeguards, tourists and surfers — have been bitten by sharks in nonfatal incidents off Long Island since June 30.
Hanyes said he was aware of the attacks but weighed the chance of a serious injury against the good surfing conditions and decided to hang ten anyway.
“It was risk versus reward,” he said. “I really like surfing… It is [the sharks’] home, not mine,” he said, adding that the severity of the attack only trickled down later.
“I was so full of adrenaline that it didn’t really hit me until I was in the ambulance,” he said.
Haynes said he is taking medication for pain and expects his bandaged foot to heal in a couple of weeks, then he will get back in the water.
“I’ll go back inside as soon as I can,” he said.
https://nypost.com/2022/07/21/long-island-teen-max-haynes-describes-surviving-shark-attack/ Long Island teenager Max Haynes describes surviving a shark attack