Mystery hero saves woman by pulling shark's tail

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A woman leading a dolphin encounter tour off the coast of Perth, Western Australia was saved from the jaws of a shark when a man grabbed hold of the predator's tail and pulled.

Elyse Frankcom (19) was snorkelling with a group of tourists and two dolphins in around 7m of water when the shark struck from below, biting her across the hip and buttocks.

After pulling the shark away the away from itís victim the man prevented Elyse from sinking and helped her onto the dive boat. 

The identity of her saviour is not known - he refused to speak to journalists other than to say that: "All I want is the girl to be OK". Ms Frankcom is now recovering from her injuries in hospital after surgery.

The shark was estimated to be around 3m long and is speculated by Department of Fisheries spokesman Tony Cappelluti to have been either a Great White, Carcharodon carcharias or a 'whaler shark' which is a common name given to many species, but possibly Carcharhinus obscurus (pictured above) in this case.

Shark attacks on humans are extremely rare, and usually the case of mistaken identity on the part of the shark.