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Shark mauls swimmer in Broome, WA


A man has died after being attacked by a shark off the famous Cable Beach at Broome in Western Australia’s north.

The 55-year-old man is understood to have been swimming alone when the shark mauled his thigh and bit off his hand just before 9am local time.

Emergency crews were called to the beach and CPR was carried out at the scene but the man, who is believed to be a Broome local, could not be saved.

“There was a very, very eerie feeling there, it’s not the feeling you usually have when you’re standing on this beautiful beach,” Broome Advertiser editor Jakeb Waddell told Perth’s 6PR radio station after visiting the scene.

The shark was shot after the fatal attack but was still alive, he said.

The beach has been closed by local rangers. People are being urged to take extra care around the area.

Broome is not believed to have had a fatal shark attack since 1993.

Cable Beach, which stretches 22km and is 2000km north of Perth, is one of Western Australia’s most popular tourist destinations.

The attack happened during the “off-season” and surf life savers finished their patrols at the beach last week.

Thousands of tourists descend upon the popular spot which is on the eastern Indian Ocean in the state’s north.

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Man critical after being bitten by shark at northern Queensland Britomart reef


A man is fighting for his life after he was bitten by a shark at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland.

The man had been at the Britomart Reef, off the coast off Lucinda, north of Townsville when he was bitten earlier today. He is now at Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.

A rescue helicopter was called to the about 12.22pm today, according to Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS).

“One patient has been airlifted in a critical condition to Townsville Hospital following earlier shark bite at Lucinda,” QAS said in a statement.

The man was taken by watercraft to shore and worked on by paramedics, before being flown to Townsville hospital, a spokesperson for QAS told news.com.au.

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It’s not known what activity the man was doing in the water before he was attacked by the shark.



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Scott Morrison buys inflatable shark from Bunnings


Scott Morrison has gotten himself a Christmas gift that left his followers in stitches and his wife slightly less amused.

The Prime Minister invested in an inflatable toy depicting Santa Claus riding a shark from Bunnings Warehouse, which he proudly showed off on social media.

“It’s here. Jen’s not so impressed,” the Prime Minister captioned a picture of himself, in casual wear and pointing to the box.

The Prime Minister’s wife, Jenny, is standing by looking less than delighted.

The Saturday afternoon post was a follow-up to another earlier this month, where Mr Morrison first announced the shark toy had come to his attention.

“Totally on this year’s Christmas list. Will be going to Bunnings,” the Prime Minister wrote in the caption to a picture of the shark fully inflated and propped up on a Bunnings shelf.

The Prime Minister, a keen Cronulla Sharks fan, sees the shark toy as an opportunity to represent his home district’s rugby league team.

The more recent Facebook post garnered thousands of comments from the Prime Minister’s supporters, many of whom said they appreciated the lighthearted touch.

“Love it, good to see a bit of a smile and sense of humour in these trying times,” one person wrote.

The $129 toy is 2.7 metres long and 1.6 metres high when inflated.

“Add some fun to your home this Xmas with this giant 2.7m inflatable Santa on a shark. With 15 super bright LEDs this inflatable will surely add a touch of festive charm to your home. Simply plug in and watch him inflate in minutes,” the product description reads.



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Shark pulls man from surfboard


A man has had a frightening brush with death after being pulled off his surfboard by a shark at a popular surfing spot in Perth.

The West Australian reports the man was out surfing at Toms Surf Break in North Beach when a 1.5m metre shark grabbed onto his leg rope on Sunday morning.

He was then pulled into the water by a bronze whaler shark, but escaped unscathed.

A shark warning was issued for the surf break and Hammersly Pool, but the beaches remain open.

“The surfer sustained no injuries, but the leg rope was damaged,” Shark Smart wrote on their website.

“Shark warning issued for Hamersley Pool after an interaction with a shark at North Beach was reported at 11:37am,” Surf Life Saving WA tweeted following the incident.



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Shark attack off Fraser Island: Fisherman bitten on hand


A fisherman has been flown to hospital in Queensland after he was bitten by a shark he’d hooked so hard his companions had to help to pry him free from its jaws.

The man, aged in his 50s, had been fishing off the coast of Queensland’s Fraser Island just before 4pm on Thursday afternoon when he caught what is believed to be a whitetip shark.

He told rescuers he was trying to unhook the animal from his fishing line when it bit his arm.

Friends he was fishing with rushed to the man’s aid to help pry his arm out of the shark’s mouth and called emergency services.

The man was brought to shore by boat, where he was treated by Queensland Ambulance paramedics before being flown to the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a stable condition.

Thursday’s attack comes little more than a week after surfer Nick Slater, 46, was mauled to death by a shark on the Gold Coast.

Mr Slater was attacked on September 8 off Greenmount Beach, which has shark netting.

Despite the best efforts of other surfers, lifeguards and emergency services, Mr Slater was pronounced dead on the sand.

Another surfer brought Mr Slater’s board back to shore, which had a clear indent from the shark’s bite and a tooth lodged in it.

The real estate agent’s death marked the first fatal attack on a Gold Coast beach in 62 years and sent shockwaves through the community.

More than two months ago, Matthew Tratt, a spear fisherman from the Sunshine Coast, was fatally mauled in waters off Fraser Island’s Indian Head.

Mr Tratt, 36, had been fishing with his brother during a family holiday when he was attacked on July 4.

Bystanders, including a doctor and nurse, treated the man before paramedics could get to the area, but he died at the scene.

His brother Robert told the ABC two weeks later the father-of-two had a “beautiful” death.

“When he did pass away, he was on the rocks,” he said.

“There were whales jumping out of the water not 50 metres away, turtles flapping their flippers in the water below us.

“You couldn’t write a more beautiful way to die if you tried.”

In June, Rob Pedretti was mauled by a three-metre great white shark at Salt Beach, near Kingscliff, just south of the Queensland/NSW border.

The 60-year-old was dragged to shore by his friend and one other surfer, who were forced to fight off the shark as they pulled him onto a surfboard.

NSW Police were granted permission to destroy the shark due to concerns the two heroes had to fend the animal off and the shark had stayed in the area for hours after the attack.

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Surfer punches shark after it attacks woman at Shelly Beach at Port Macquarie in NSW


A quick-thinking surfer punched a shark until it let go of his surfing companion while catching waves on the NSW mid-north coast.

The 35-year-old woman suffered significant injuries to her lower legs after she was mauled by the predator off Shelly Beach near Port Macquarie about 9.30am on Saturday.

The pair were surfing when the shark bit the woman’s right calf and the back of her thigh.

The man managed to punch the shark until it released her from its jaws and swam away.

NSW Ambulance duty operations manager Andrew Beverley praised bystanders who rushed to the woman’s aid.

“They did an amazing job,” he said.

“The patient suffered severe lacerations to her right leg.”

Paramedics then treated the woman at the scene before transferring her to Port Macquarie Hospital.

She was later flown to Newcastle Hospital where she will undergo surgery.

The woman is in a stable condition.

Police and Fisheries NSW staff are now trying to identify the species involved in the attack.

Early reports suggest it may have been a juvenile white shark about two to three metres in length.

Mr Beverley said this was the third serious shark attack on the north coast in recent months.

There have already been a handful of fatal shark attacks in Australian waters this year.

In January, 57-year-old diver Gary Johnson was killed at Cull Island, near West Beach in Esperance, Western Australia.

Fifteen-year-old Mani Hart-Deville died in July when he was attacked by a shark while surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach in NSW.

Beaches in the area will be closed for the next 24 hours.



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Whale found tangled in shark net off Surfers Paradise beach, saved by Sea World


Three whales in as many days have become hopelessly tangled in shark nets as they embark on their migration route along Australia’s west coast.

One of those incidents occurred this morning around 6.30am when a 8m to 10m young whale of an unknown gender was found tangled in a shark net off Surfers Paradise.

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Sea World Rescue and the Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol’s (QBFP) Marine Animal Release Team rushed to the scene.

They spent at least an hour cutting the massive marine mammal free using a specialised curved knife.

Sea World Head of Marine Sciences Wayne Phillips said the latest rescue was complex because the whale snapped an anchor line and trapped itself.

“The whale was quite entangled,” Mr Phillips said. “Mainly over the head and right (pectoral fin), which was obviously stopping it from moving,”

However, “within about an hour the guys had the whale free and released and swimming on its merry way”, according to Mr Phillips.

On Friday, news.com.au reported on rescuers freeing a mother and a calf which became tangled in shark nets off Main Beach, also in Queensland.

This morning’s incident comes just a day after a petition to remove shark nets reached over 44,000 signatures.

“The large mesh size of the nets is designed specifically to capture sharks and prevent their escape until eventually, they drown,” the petition reads.

However, the fear is that the same could happen for whales.

“This design also results in incidence of bycatch, including threatened and endangered species like sea turtles, dugongs, dolphins and whales.

“Alternatives such as drone technology, surf lifesaving patrols, public education on shark behaviour, radio signals, sonar technology, buoys that emit sounds and electric nets should be considered.”

Experts also acknowledged that whales will continue to get caught in nets as their migration season continue.

“We are going to see more whale entanglements because the population is so healthy that travels along this route,” Mr Phillips warned.

“We would like to see less nets during the whale migration and we are working with the Fisheries Department on that.”

Mr Phillips said replacing nets with smart drumlines was “the messaging that we’re pushing out for our Fisheries friends”.

However, Mr Phillips acknowledged the Queensland government was in a “difficult situation”.

Sharks pose a significant threat to swimmers, and governments are reluctant to remove nets.

Earlier this month, 60-year-old Rob Pedretti was mauled by a three-metre great white at Salt Beach near Kingscliff.

He died from his injuries.



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Great white shark diet surprises scientists


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The first-ever detailed study of the diets of great white sharks off the east Australian coast reveals this apex predator spends more time feeding close to the seabed than expected.

“Within the sharks’ stomachs we found remains from a variety of fish species that typically live on the seafloor or buried in the sand. This indicates the sharks must spend a good portion of their time foraging just above the seabed,” said lead author Richard Grainger, a PhD candidate at the Charles Perkins Centre and School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney.

“The stereotype of a shark’s dorsal fin above the surface as it hunts is probably not a very accurate picture,” he said.

The study, published today on World Oceans Day in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science, is an important contribution towards understanding the sharks’ feeding and migratory habits.

Dr Vic Peddemors a co-author from the NSW Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), said: “We discovered that although mid-water fish, especially eastern Australian salmon, were the predominant prey for juvenile white sharks in NSW, stomach contents highlighted that these sharks also feed at or near the seabed.”

Mr Grainger said: “This evidence matches data we have from tagging white sharks that shows them spending a lot of time many metres below the surface.”

The study examined the stomach contents of 40 juvenile white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) caught in the NSW Shark Meshing Program. The scientists compared this with published data elsewhere in the world, mainly South Africa, to establish a nutritional framework for the species.

“Understanding the nutritional goals of these cryptic predators and how these relate to migration patterns will give insights into what drives human-shark conflict and how we can best protect this species,” said Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska, an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre and a co-author of the study.

Mr Grainger said: “White sharks have a varied diet. As well as east Australian salmon, we found evidence of other bony fish including eels, whiting, mullet and wrasses. We found that rays were also an important dietary component, including small bottom-dwelling stingrays and electric rays.

“Eagle rays are also hunted, although this can be difficult for the sharks given how fast the rays can swim.”

The study found that based on abundance, the sharks’ diet relied mostly on:

    – Pelagic, or mid-water ocean swimming fish, such as Australian salmon: 32.2%

    – Bottom-dwelling fish, such as stargazers, sole or flathead: 17.4%

    – Reef fish, such as eastern blue gropers: 5.0%

    – Batoid fish, such as stingrays: 14.9%

The remainder was unidentified fish or less abundant prey. Mr Grainger said that marine mammals, other sharks and cephalopods (squid and cuttlefish) were eaten less frequently.

“The hunting of bigger prey, including other sharks and marine mammals such as dolphin, is not likely to happen until the sharks reach about 2.2 metres in length,” Mr Grainger said.

The scientists also found that larger sharks tended to have a diet that was higher in fat, likely due to their high energy needs for migration.

“This fits with a lot of other research we’ve done showing that wild animals, including predators, select diets precisely balanced to meet their nutrient needs,” said co-author Professor David Raubenheimer, Chair of Nutritional Ecology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Tracking of white sharks shows that they migrate seasonally along Australia’s east coast from southern Queensland to northern Tasmania, and the range of movement increases with age.

Protecting this species and safely managing its interactions with humans is a priority for scientists and the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

“This study will give us a lot of information to assist in this management process,” Dr Peddemors said.

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Surfer punches shark near Bells Beach and escapes with stitches


The 23-year-old said he'd be back out in the surf.

The 23-year-old said he’d be back out in the surf.Credit:Graham Blade

“I’m not going to just ditch this guy, most people would do the same thing.”

Mr Nacass escaped with lacerations to his leg, which required stitches, but is keen to get back out in the water.

“I really want to go back soon,” he told Nine. “Just when my leg, it’s OK. I’m going to go back to surf soon, I’m OK.”

The terrifying ordeal happened to be caught on camera by Graham Blade who was filming from a look-out.

“I actually saw it pop up behind him and knew it was real,” Mr Blade said.

The footage shows the shark following behind the pair while they frantically made it to shore.

“We’re paddling in, you can see the shark behind, I didn’t know it was still there,” Mr Sedunary said.

He wasn’t deterred to go back out for a surf, either.

“When you’re out in the water, you know sharks are out there. I’m pretty keen to get out there this afternoon. Get back out on the horse, as they say.”

The Department of Land, Environment, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria have been contacted.

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Man dies after shark assault on nice barrier reef


A shark has fatally mauled a Queensland ranger in entrance of his colleagues on the identical island the place two different assaults occurred in current months.

The 23-year-old died in hospital on Monday evening a number of hours after he was bitten off North West Island, 75 kilometres northeast of Gladstone.

Police say the sufferer and different rangers determined to go for a swim off the again of their boat, after spending the day doing upkeep work on the island.

The sufferer’s colleagues have been forward of him and had already reached the vessel when the sharked struck.

“They’d have witnessed the assault,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tony Anderson instructed reporters on Tuesday.

“There have been 4 individuals swimming off the again of a ship, cooling down after a day’s work.”

It isn’t clear what sort of shark was concerned.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has paid tribute to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service officer, sending condolences to his grieving household.

“Plenty of his work colleagues, I perceive, have been very upset at the moment,” she instructed reporters.

The person suffered in depth accidents to his leg and arm. He survived an emergency flight to the Gladstone hospital however later died.

The assault was the third close to North West Island in simply over three months.

In January, a nine-year-old lady was attacked by a shark, struggling a chunk wound to the again of her leg, and puncture wounds to her foot.

A lemon shark was suspected of that assault.

And in late December a shovelnose shark bit a person in shallow waters at North West Island.

He suffered minor accidents to his proper hand and leg.

There have additionally been a collection of different shark assaults on the Nice Barrier Reef over the previous 18 months.

Final October two British backpackers have been attacked whereas snorkelling at Hook Island within the Whitsunday Islands. One of many males misplaced his foot.

In March final 12 months, a 25-year-old man suffered critical thigh accidents when a shark attacked him at Hardy Reef, close to Hamilton island, which can also be within the Whitsunday Islands chain.

These assaults adopted one other fatality in November 2018, when Victorian physician Daniel Christidis, 33, was killed at Cid Harbour at Whitsunday Island.

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