The man was swimming outside the first breaker when he came upon a gray shark
, some 6-7 feet in length, according to Sarah Johnson, spokeswoman for
The shark pulled the man under the water, and the swimmer sustained bites to his rib cage, hip, lower leg and both hands, she said. The man was conscious and talking and was flown to a hospital for treatment
There was a big trail of blood from the water to the sand," witness Stephen Lee told CNN.