Great white shark bit this California surfer's board, but fortunately not the surfer


On Saturday, Elinor Dempsey, 54, was surfing Morro Strand State Beach near San Luis Obispo, California when she noticed a great white shark approaching her.

It knocked her off the board but fortunately the shark ended up with a bite of fiberglass not flesh.

"First I thought it was a dolphin and I thought, 'What the hell is he doing?' " Dempsey told The Tribune. "And he kind of landed on my board. Then I realized he had taken a chunk. And I was, like, that's not what dolphins do."

Authorities closed the beach for 72 hours.