Sydney - A 65-year-old man has been mauled by a shark as a spate of attacks continued off Australia's most populous state.
Police say in a statement the man was paddling a surf ski near the New South Wales state town of Forster, 300km north of Sydney, when he was attacked on Friday.
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He was flown by helicopter for emergency surgery to a leg injury. The state ambulance service described the injury as serious.
Two weeks ago, a surfer suffered life-threatening injuries when he was attacked by a shark at Port Macquarie, 100km north of Forster.
Three weeks earlier, a surfer was seriously injured as he repeatedly punched a shark that mauled him off Evans Head, 230km north of Port Macquarie.