WACO, Texas – A Texas dentist on vacation in the Bahamas survived being attacked by a 6-foot shark while free diving.
Dr. Steve Cutbirth of Waco suffered facial and right leg wounds that required stitches.
The dentist, who was treated at a clinic, plans to remain on vacation this week but must stay out of the water.
Cutbirth says he speared a hogfish on Saturday and then a bull shark tried to get the fish.
Cutbirth, in a telephone interview Sunday with KWTX-TV, said he felt like he was “hit by a freight train in the head” before the shark took off with the hogfish.
The dentist sustained bite-looking marks on his upper lip and cheek.
He told KWTX that he thinks he received a total of 30 stitches.
Cutbirth says he’s been diving in the same spot for about 25 years and never had problems before.
He shared photos of his wounds from the attack on Facebook.