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.
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.
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.
DOWNLOAD the research plus video and photos of great white sharks at this link.
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Project funding and support was provided by the NSW Department of Primary Industries through the NSW Shark Management Strategy. Richard Grainger is supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Stipend and supplementary scholarship from the NSW Shark Management Strategy and the University of Sydney.
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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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