A BIG white shark that destroyed a swimmer on a beach in California is one of the largest in the world, scientists say.
Steve Bruemmer, 62, lost 30 pints of blood after the ocean giant chomped his stomach, leg and arm into one massive bite.
Steve was taken 100 yards to shore by a surf instructor and two paddleboarders when blood spurted from his wounds.
It is widely expected that he will make a good recovery after the horror mauling at Lover’s Point Beach in Monterey.
The shark was confirmed as a large white by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife based on a forensic investigation of Steve’s bite marks.
Experts estimate that it is up to 20ft long – around the maximum size at which large whites can grow.
That would make it a match for Deep Blue, the largest large white ever recorded with a weight of 2.5 tons and thought to be more than 50 years old.
Deep Blue, a giant female, is filming prowling around the Mexican island of Guadalupe 550 miles to the south.
And the Monterey monster is likely to be larger than a two-ton, 17ft female found off the coast of Novia Scotia in 2020.
Large whites can live up to 60 years and never stop growing, although growth slows down in later life.
Witnesses described the water turning red with blood when Steve was attacked while swimming on June 22.
He was pulled out of the water by heroic circumstances while a group of children visiting from Kansas looked on in horror.
Two paddleboarders – police officer Paul Bandy and his nurse wife Aimee Johns – were first to reach Steve when he called for help.
Seconds later, they were joined by surf instructor Heath Braddock, who had led an ocean excursion for a group of children.
The youths were “deep in the chest” in the water, forcing the coach to move the class to safety on shore before rescuing Steve.
Heath said: “They got the full immersion, that’s for sure. They saw it all.”
The brave instructor rode back into the ocean with two surfboards and paddled toward the injured victim.
He said, “He was 300ft out. A lot of tourists were screaming wolf and shouting ‘shark!’ It’s rarely the case, most of the time it’s a dolphin.
“But this guy kept crying frantically. I saw the pool of blood around him, so I knew it was real.”
Paul and Amy helped him drag on the larger of Heath’s two surfboards.
The experienced surfer continued: “I pulled at his good arm and they picked up the other arm that had been bitten.
“His leg injury was the most pronounced – his bone was completely visible. Most of the damage was to his stomach the front.”
Heath then paddled “as hard as I could” to get back to the beach while Steve held on for his life.
The shark bite was unlucky. But after that, I was just as lucky.
The brave trio then tore off the 62-year-old’s wetsuit and wrapped tourniquets on his gaping wounds to contain the blood.
Steve was taken to Natividad Medical Center with bites to his leg, stomach and arms as well as a broken femur.
Surgeons spent two hours in the theater after Steve had lost “a tremendous amount of blood.” He needed a total of 30 pints.
He is still recovering from the hospital, but said in a statement earlier how lucky he was to be rescued.
Steve said, “The shark bite was unlucky. But after that, I was just as lucky.
“The day was so calm and warm, and the beach was full. There were no waves, and there was no chop.
“So people could hear me shout ‘Help!’ from a great distance. “
Pacific Grove Police Chief Cathy Madalone said: “We want to express our gratitude and appreciation to the Good Samaritans who took immediate action and personal risk to help the swimmer.”
Beaches were immediately closed by officials after the horrific attack, while warning signs for sharks were also shared.
Reports said the Monterey Fire Department used a drone to search for the shark, but could not find it.
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