Shark victim speaks about attack

Dr. Kevin Christensen
Dr. Kevin Christensen

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - A man attacked by a shark off of Crouching Lion on Oahu's windward side recalls his horrific ordeal.

After fighting off what he thinks was a tiger shark, the surfer says he was in a struggle for his survival, using every ounce of his strength to paddle back to land.

It happened Tuesday afternoon at Kahana Bay in Kaaawa and for the first time, Todd Murashige speaks after undergoing serious surgery.

40-year-old Todd Murashige is wheeled in, two days after fending off a shark attack to save his life.

"It wasn't real, a head of a shark right here on my lap. No splash, no fin, nothing. Just ahhh, just right here and I stuck my fingers into his mouth to try and pry him off," said Murashige.

Like these cameras, Murashige's life flashed before his eyes.

"I thought if I blacked out I was going to die, so I called to my mom and my wife. You don't really realize it," said Murashige.

Suffering a deep cut to the bone around his thigh and another to his ankle, The Queen's Medical Center doctors say Murashige was lucky.

"He had lost a lot of blood, but it didn't seem like he had injury to his artery," said Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Kevin Christensen.

The surfer says the shark attack happened is his typical surf spot and while children still play at Kahana Bay, the place is no stranger to danger.

" A lot of friends that were surfing out there saw sharks coming and bumping into them or whatever. At that period, I thought I got to stay away."

Now after surviving a shark attack, Murashige knows firsthand the worries that come with getting in the ocean.

"That's the way surfers live their life, just go out and have fun. If you think you're going to get bitten, you won't truly enjoy yourself," said Murashige.

The victim is still recovering at The Queen's Medical Center.

Doctors say he'll be able to stand up by this weekend and check out of the hospital, but it could be sometime before he fully recovers from his injuries and is able to return to work as a tile setter.