October 24, 2011 – Source: The Globe & Mail
The sudden death of an American diver with a great white shark off Australia’s southwest coast has raised the spectre of a rogue man-eater preying on an aquatic playground and killing 3 men in 2 months. Western Australia state Fisheries Norman Moore hopes this is not the beginning of a new trend. The latest attack was with a solo diver in the Western Australia state. The other victim was a swimmer and the first was the death of a bodyboarder – all believed to be the same shark. The Western Australia state government set tuna-baited hooks off the island, the first time authorities have used an emergency legal exemption from the state protection of great whites as an endangered species in the interests of protecting the public. Barry Bruce, a federal government marine biologist said it is unlikely that the single shark killed the three recent victims. He says a more plausible explanation is that this time of the year is when sharks move along the coast and there are multiple sharks that follow. Barbara Weuringer, a marine zoologist and shark researcher is against the shark hunt as it sounds like they are taking revenge on an endangered species.