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Californian surfer in shark attack

A surfer has been taken to hospital after being attacked by a shark off a California beach.

Eric Tarantino, 27, was was attacked while surfing with a friend at Marina State Beach in Monterey County, according to The Monterey Herald.

The shark bit Tarantino on the neck and forearm shortly after the two men entered the water.

The newspaper reported that Mr Tarantino's friend helped him out of the water, with other surfers using beach towels to try to stop the bleeding.

Authorities say the Monterey man was taken to a local airport by paramedics and flown to a San Jose hospital.

His condition is not known, but a state parks official said the man's injuries do not appear to be life-threatening.

The Herald reported that the attack took a 19in chunk out of Mr Tarantino's red surfboard.

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