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Man killed in third shark attack in weeks on Great Barrier Reef

A man has died after being mauled by a shark in the third such attack in two months at a popular tourist site on Australia's Great Barrier Reef, authorities said Tuesday. Rescue workers said the man suffered serious wounds to his legs and one arm in the attack Monday afternoon in the Whitsunday islands off Queensland state. The 33-year-old died after being airlifted to a mainland hospital, the national broadcaster ABC said. The attack came less than two months after an Australian woman and a 12-year-old girl were…

Nudist beach surfer punches shark to escape attack

AUSTRALIA: A surfer who got bitten by a shark at an Australian nudist beach managed to make his break for freedom after punching the creature until it let him go, he said Saturday. Paul Kenny was riding the waves off Samurai Beach, a naturist spot 200 kilometres (125 miles) north of Sydney, when he accidentally clashed heads with the toothsome fish, reportedly a wobbegong or a bull shark. "As soon as I did that he latched onto my arm and all I could do was punch it until it let go," Kenny, 50, told Sydney's Daily…

Shark kills Czech tourist swimming in Red Sea

CAIRO: A Czech tourist was killed by a shark while swimming in the Red Sea off the coast of Egypt, authorities said Sunday. The man died 20 kilometres north of Marsa Alam city as "a result of an attack by a shark", city council chairman General Atef Wagdy told AFP. The health ministry is coordinating handing over the body to the Czech embassy, Wagdy said. Local media reported on Friday that human remains were found on a beach in Marsa Alam. The environment ministry has set up a committee to investigate the death…

Man dressed as shark arrested under burka ban in Austria

VIENNA: Austria’s new burqa ban became a cynosure once again and this for a bizarre reason when a man dressed as a massive shark was arrested. The arrested occurred when the man was standing outside a shop called McShark, dressed up as a shark in order to promote the new tech store in Vienna. Police officers approached him and demanded he remove his shark head, under the new law that bans full face coverings in public places. When he refused, claiming he was ‘just doing his job’, they arrested him and gave him a fine.…

Family see shark kill teenage daughter off Australia coast

SYDNEY: A 17-year-old girl has died after being mauled by a shark in full view of her parents on Australia's southwest coast, authorities said Tuesday. Laeticia Brouwer was on holiday and went surfing with her father near Wylie Bay late Monday afternoon, police said. The girl had lost a leg and was bleeding heavily when she was pulled from the water and rushed to hospital in the Western Australian town of Esperance. Her mother and two younger sisters witnessed the attack from the beach and alerted emergency…

VIDEO: Despite narrow escape, diver thinks ‘sharks are beautiful’

SHANGHAI, CHINA: A diver whose near miss with a great white shark became a viral video sensation, viewed more than 15 million times on Youtube, says the ocean's apex predator is ‘beautiful’. Chan Ming was on a shark-watching excursion off the Mexican coast when the animal broke into the metal cage protecting him. Despite their fearsome reputation, sharks do not normally feed on humans, and have to be drawn in with bait. The shark seized the bait and crashed into the cage, breaking part of it. Unable to swim backwards, it…