Bull shark bite reported in Coral Bay

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A bull shark bite has been reported near Coral Bay, Western Australia. A woman was snorkeling around 10 a.m. February 26 when she was bitten on the hand by a 5-foot (1.5m) bull shark. She was approximately 66 feet (20m) offshore of Point Maud when she was bitten. The unidentified woman was able to swim back to shore where she received first aid at a nurse’s station before being transported for secondary care, which reportedly included stitches. The shark bite was reported February 27, and Fisheries officers are investigating the…

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Spearfisherman Bitten by a Shark in Australia

A spearfisherman has been bitten by a shark in Australia. Brad Vale was spearfishing with three friends off the coast of Coral Bay when he was bitten. The 19-year-old Albany teenager had is GoPro camera filming as he dove down and a 5 foot (1.5m) shark started circling him. “I dived down and just sort of sat down at the bottom and a shark came in on me,” he told Perth Now. “He got a bit close then did a big turn at me and charged so I gave him…

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Drones and ‘smart’ Drum Lines to be Trialled in Australia

Drones and “smart”  drum lines are to be trialled in Australia in an effort to prevent shark attacks and bites. Drum lines are large barrels or buoys attached with baited fishing used in an attempt to catch sharks. The smart drum lines are equipped with sensors which are designed to send signals when a fish is caught.  Once alerted a team will travel to the lines. If a shark is caught, it will be acoustically  tagged and released away from the area. Regular drum lines were used in 2014 with…

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