I just started punching and I connected with its head,

SYDNEY, Australia - An Australian surfer survived a shark attack by repeatedly punching a small shark he first thought was a seal, the second incident of its kind this month, local radio reported on Saturday.

Brad Satchell, 44, was surfing about 390 feet offshore at the popular Scarborough beach in Perth, capital of Western Australia state, on Friday when he was attacked.

I actually had a smile on my face when I first saw the thing because I thought it was a seal, Satchell told Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio.