The white shark that killed a man in Sydney’s first fatal attack in 59 years is being sought by Australian police. After the attack on Wednesday, most of the city’s beaches were closed on Thursday, and swimmers were prohibited from entering the water. According to authorities, a white shark mauled the male victim close off Little Bay in east Sydney. The man is not identified by authorities yet. He’d been swimming in turbulent waters near offshore.
Shark attacks are rare in Sydney because nets and other deterrents have long protected the city’s seas.
Surf lifesavers on jet skis combed a 25-kilometer (15.5-mile) area of water from Bondi in the city’s east to Cronulla in the city’s south on Thursday in the search for the shark. Authorities are also using helicopters and drones. Based on footage captured by a public member, the state government’s shark experts determined the predator to be a white shark “at least three meters” in length. Several bystanders who observed the event characterized it as a nasty and furious assault. “(The guy) was swimming when a shark rushed up behind them and attacked vertically,” Kris Linto said on Nine News.
One man said he was fishing on the rocks when he noticed the swimmer being dragged beneath.
“I was a complete disaster. I’m trembling. I can’t stop vomiting. It’s quite distressing “He notified the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) about it (ABC). Two hours after the attack, authorities could recover body pieces from the sea.
What do the locals have to say about the attack:
Local state MP Michael Daley claimed the “horrific” act had left many terrified. The victim was a frequent visitor. “[He] came here almost every day and swam,” he told ABC. “It’s a lovely day on one of Sydney’s most beautiful beaches, but our community is under a genuine dark cloud today,” he added. This Sunday is still set for an ocean swimming race in the neighboring neighborhood. The organizers said they’re keeping an eye on the weather. Because there are thousands of sharks in the sea at any given moment, human-shark contact is uncommon. Attacks are more common in Australia during the summer months (December to February) when more people are in the sea.
About shark attacks in Australia
Each year, roughly 20 shark attacks are recorded in Australia, most occurring in New South Wales and Western Australia. According to the Australian Shark Attack File, there have been four shark attacks this year. In 2021, there were two fatal shark attacks, while in 2020, there were seven. A shark bite has rarely resulted in death in the past. Australia’s shark attack death rate is 0.9 in over a century of records or less than one person per year.