Today, a surfer was killed in a horrific shark attack near a crowded beach in Western Australia.
Witnesses said the shark – believed to be a great white – climbed under it, grabbed the young man (about 20 years old) and pulled him below the surface.
The surfer, who has not yet been named, was riding aboard – a truncated version of a surfboard – when the shark attack occurred near Cape Naturalist in southwestern Western Australia.
The victim got excited with a group of five friends near the popular bunker shore when the shark struck.
The young surfer had been bitten in two by a shark that had grabbed him from the waist down.
An eyewitness, Kurt Morris, who was having lunch with his family at the Bunker Bay Cafe shark attack happened, he said he was told by the victim’s friends that he had been torn.
“They said they were only two meters away from him,” Morris said.
“From the waist down, everything was gone.”
“Surfers jumped out of the water to their cars, drove to nearby surf breaks to let others know about the shark.”
“It was about 50 meters from the shore. No one returns to the water. “
Hamish McLey, manager of Bunkers Beach Café, said the water was full of people when the attack took place.
“There were at least 20 more people in the water, but no one seems to have seen the shark lurking around.” Macley said.
“There is a large colony of seals around the shore, and the shark may have confused the young man with one of the seals – it is known to have happened.”
Police spokesman Graham Clifford said officers believed they knew who the dead man was, but it was not disclosed whether his body had been found.
“At the time, the man was boarding with a partner, and three or four to five others were in the water at the time, but unfortunately he was taken from the lower body.” said Clifford.
Police confirmed that the man was torn in half and the lower half of the man’s body was torn off.
“He was bodyboarding with about four or five of his friends when he was taken out of the group.
“He lost the lower half of his body and died.”
Friends of the victim told police that the young surfer was staying in the popular wine region of the Margaret River. It is alleged that the young man was on holiday from eastern Australia.
The shark attack took place near a popular surfing area known as The Boneyards, near Bunker Bay.
According to police, the victim was positively identified, but his name will not be announced until his family is informed.
Enrique Hillman, owner of a surf shop, said Today that a gloomy mood has spread to the southwestern region since the tragedy.
Hillman also agreed with locals that the shark was probably attracted to the area by seals known to inhabit the area.
“There’s a colony of seals right next to the lighthouse – there’s a canal that seals use there.”
Hillman believes it is strange that sharks attacked in the middle of the day, noting that they usually occur early in the morning or at dusk.
According to locals, this is the first major shark attack they can recall in the area, which is a popular place for surfing and fishing.
But locals said sharks are known to roam the waters and there is an additional danger of powerful underwater currents.
The Australian shark attack dossier said there had been 13 other fatal shark attacks around the continent since 2002.
Today’s tragedy on the Australian beach was the second this year – in February, a mussel diver was killed when he was attacked by two sharks, believed to be great whites, in Coffin Bay, South Australia.
Not all attacks were from large whites. In January 2006, 21-year-old Sarah Wiley was tortured by three bull sharks while swimming in deep water at Amity Point near the northern island of Stradbroke in Queensland.
In July 2004, a bronze whaler was believed to have been involved in an attack that killed Brad Smith, 29, in southwestern Western Australia.