‘Shark rider’ injured in bloody attack as he jumps on beast’s back on boat trip

A man nicknamed the 'shark rider' has been attacked by a shark off the coast of Australia.

Aaron Moir was rushed to hospital after being targeted by one of the sea beasts near Western Australia's Pilbara region.

The 32-year-old was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital where he is in a serious but stable condition after the shark bit his back, leg and stomach.

Aaron was conducting a fishing charter trip at the time of the attack, according to 9News.

He has been filmed jumping onto the back of a hammerhead shark previously and it is claimed he may have provoked the sea creature before the attack.

It is thought he was attacked by a lemon shark, who rarely target humans unless they are provoked.

Passengers on the boat claim he provoked the shark by jumping from the boat onto its back before he was mauled.

Aaron hit the headlines in 2014 when he was filmed jumping onto the back of a hammerhead.

The dangerous stunt cost him his job as he was jacked from Blue Juice Fishing Charters.

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Speaking at the time, Mr Moir admitted it was irresponsible but stopped short of apologising for his actions.

He said: "I was a bit of an idiot but I've worked with sharks for a long time and I understand them and how they go.

"I'd definitely love to get in the water with a great white if there was someone who knew what they were doing."

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Aaron has been working as a skipper for Montebello Island Safaris charter for the past three months.

Passengers allege that he jumped off the boat and onto the back of the shark before he was bitten. They then had to administer first aid while crews manned the boat to the nearby port of Exmouth.

Aaron remains in a stable condition after suffering significant but not life-threatening injuries to his lower body.

His mother said Mr Moir remains in "good spirits".

There were eight fatalities from shark attacks Down Under last year, Australia's highest number since 1929 when nine people died.

Lemon sharks are so-called because a yellow colouring to their skin provides camouflage as they swim over their regular habitat of the sandy seafloor.

Montebello Island Safaris has been contacted for comment.

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