A 6.5-foot shark off the coast of Australia attacked a surfer and ripped off part of his hand.

The 29-year-old man was surfing when the shark bit his legs and chewed off two fingers from his left hand.

The surfer's friends used their surfboard ropes as a tourniquet to stop the bleeding.

The man was airlifted to a local hospital where he is said to be in stable condition.

Witnesses say the surfer used his board to fight off the large shark.

"He was just out there," one witness explains. "There was a heap of dolphins like there has been around here, swimming around him. And all of a sudden, the shark has just come up and took about three chunks out of him. And then he just got his board, and actually put the nose of his board into the bull shak's head."