Surfer died after great white shark crushed his skull and bit chunks out of him

A bodyboarder was brutally killed after a great white shark crushed his skull and took chunks out of him while he was in the water.

The great white beast bit Thomas Butterfield, 42, so hard that the deep sea predator lost a tooth during the fatal attack on Christmas Eve last year.

Butterfield was eventually pulled to shore by other surfers after he was spotted face down in the waters of the Morro Rock, California area, The Mirror reported.

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The 42-year-old had been visiting his mum and had headed to the beach on Christmas Eve for a morning surf, with his body found at 10:39am after a horrifying shark attack.

Reports of Butterfield's death at the time were written up by Detective William Miller, whose notes read that the man had died of "complications of multiple penetrating blunt force traumatic injuries".

Bites to the bloke were primarily on the right hand side of his body and his head, which the shark is said to have taken chunks out of.

The great white had lost a tooth in Butterfield's back after biting down so hard, following damage done to the skull that saw the shark penetrate the 42-year-old's head.

At the time of the tragedy, Butterfield's uncle, Grant, said: "We are going to be okay … but even at that, it’s a tough time holding it together."

Grant also praised the response of a woman who had helped drag his body from the sea and said that she was "obviously part of the family now" for her actions in retrieving the body.

Butterfield's family added that thanks to the help of the unnamed woman, they were able to recover the body of their deceased nephew.

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Grant added: "(There is) the possibility that his board might have gone further out to sea and that he would have been missing forever."

Festive sightings of terrifying sharks appear to be on the rise in Scotland, as Daily Star reported a sighting of one great white off the coast of Scotland.

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