TWO men used their surfboards to fend off a shark close to the shore at Spey Bay, during an astonishing attack which may be the first of its kind in UK waters.
Pals Andrew Rollo and Paul Gibson, who both live in Lossiemouth, were part of a larger group surfing in the Moray Firth when they were confronted by the 10-foot shark just 80 metres from the beach.
They escaped unscathed, but only after getting uncomfortably close to the ocean predator.
Andrew and Paul were among a group of 10 surfers in the water at 5.30pm last Thursday.
"It was just so unexpected. Something hit into my leg and it was right there. I initially thought it was a seal, because you see so many seals and dolphins out there," Andrew told 'The Northern Scot' this week.
"I made enough noise for everyone to notice, and I turned around and two feet away was a fin. I have seen dolphins before and it never entered my mind that it was a dolphin fin. Straight away I knew it was a shark."
For much more on this story and an exclusive picture, see the ‘Northern Scot’.