Following the close up images of the board being widely shared on Facebook, Ballina Police reached out and made contact with the rider.
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The Department of Primary Industries is now examining the board, which appears to have been bitten by a shark at Flat Rock off Ballina on Sunday.
Reports on social media said a kiteboarder initially thought he’d hit a turtle until he returned to shore and saw bite marks and a tooth embedded in his board.
The DPI is assessing the tooth and the board to identify the shark size and species.
This story originally appeared in the Northern Star.