A man is recovering in hospital after being bitten by a shark at a remote beach on the mid-north New South Wales.
The Ambulance Service was called to the beach at Diamond Head, south of Port Macquarie, this afternoon.
The 29-year-old was surfing when he was attacked by what is believed to be a bull shark on Friday morning.
An Ambulance Service spokesperson, Michelle Hoctor, said the man was bitten on his right hand and leg, and had lost an index finger and a knuckle.
Nearby patrolled beaches were closed as a precaution, but a Surf Life Saving spokesperson, Donna Wishart, says shark attacks in the area are uncommon.