Doctors treating a Monterey man who was attacked by a shark Saturday morning say he is in good condition, and was very lucky to survive.
Eric Tarantino, 27, was surfing at Marina State Beach when he was bitten on the neck and arm along the right side of his body by a shark that took a 19-inch chunk from his red surfboard.
Still, doctors say Tarantino will recover fully and may be released Monday.
“The doctor said he’s the luckiest unlucky guy he’s ever met,” said Bev Mikalonis, spokeswoman for Regional Medical Center of San Jose, where Tarantino was flown for care. “Had these bites been one millimeter closer to his jugular vein or carotid artery, it would have been a potentially fatal injury.”
The attack happened just after 7 a.m. shortly after Tarantino and a friend, Brandon McKibben of Salinas, entered the water.