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Nathaniel Buzolic recalls the confronting shark encounter that made him quit surfing

Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic has spoken about the terrifying shark encounter that made him quit surfing.

Speaking to News.com.au on Monday, The Vampire Diaries‘ star said he was about to ride the waves when he noticed a dead shark on the shore at a beach in Byron Bay.

‘I was happy about that in some sense – although a dead shark reminds you that they are there,’ he said.

'I never felt comfortable sitting on my board again!' Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic (pictured) has recalled the confronting shark encounter that made him quit surfing

‘I never felt comfortable sitting on my board again!’ Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic (pictured) has recalled the confronting shark encounter that made him quit surfing

He added: ‘And then I walked around the other side to take a closer look and he had been half eaten on his side and I was like “what ate him?”‘

Nathaniel explained this moment was confronting and he’s felt uncomfortable to go back into the water since.

‘If this shark is here and has been eaten by a bigger shark, that’s when I realised “you know what? This surfing this is not going to work for my paranoia”,’ he said.

Terrifying! He said he was about to ride the waves when he noticed a dead shark on the shore at a beach in Byron Bay and it made him feel uncomfortable to go back into the water

Terrifying! He said he was about to ride the waves when he noticed a dead shark on the shore at a beach in Byron Bay and it made him feel uncomfortable to go back into the water

‘I pretty much called it a day and never felt comfortable sitting on my board beyond the break.’

Meanwhile, Nathaniel plays the role of Richard Lowell in the third instalment of the popular shark franchise Deep Blue Sea 3. 

The movie follows Dr. Emma Collins, who is played by Tania Raymonde, and her team as they study the effect of climate change on great white sharks.

Role: Nathaniel plays the role of Richard Lowell in the third instalment of the popular shark franchise Deep Blue Sea 3

Role: Nathaniel plays the role of Richard Lowell in the third instalment of the popular shark franchise Deep Blue Sea 3

In an interview with Stack, Nathaniel said growing up in Australia helped him feel a greater connection to the ‘ocean and beach’ while filming the movie.

‘Bren [Foster] and I learned how to scuba dive, training in California before going on location in Cape Town. We both fell in love with exploring that underwater world,’ he said.

He explained: ‘If you’re sitting on a surfboard, you’re like a sitting duck. Whereas if you’re underwater in scuba equipment, you have more visibility.’

You can watch The Vampire Diaries on Stan.  

Connection: Nathaniel said growing up in Australia helped him feel a greater connection to the 'ocean and beach' while filming the movie

Connection: Nathaniel said growing up in Australia helped him feel a greater connection to the ‘ocean and beach’ while filming the movie

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