The 16-year-old was Jest Skiing with a group of friends on the Swan River, east of Australia, when he saw a flock of dolphins swimming with the current near them and decided to jump into the middle of the harmless mammals to enjoy the moment. Seconds after diving into the river, the teenager began to scream in pain at the fierce bite of a shark camouflaged between the waters and the terrified gaze of his friends, who only managed to call the emergency center around 3:30 in the afternoon on Friday, February 3.
Fremantle District Inspector Paul Robinson commented that “This has been an extremely traumatic event for her friends and for everyone who knew the young woman; therefore, I will not give details about her injuries ”then the officer reminded the media that “It is unusual for a shark to get so far into the river, so we have put out an alert to notify the population about what has happened.”.
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The emergency services came to the scene and pulled her out of the water with serious leg injuries, however, despite the attempts of several paramedics, the young woman died from her injuries. It is the first deadly shark attack in the Swan River in more than a century.
Are there sharks and dolphins in the rivers?
Although it seems surprising, yes. There are at least two known species of river sharks and both, although different from each other, are known as the bull shark. These sharks circle the Australian rivers that flow into the Indian and Pacific Oceans; however, this species has not been seen in Fermantle for over a century, which has drawn the attention of the district authorities.
On the other hand, river dolphins are a little more common and there are up to eight species sighted around the world, four of which are South American, the best known being the pink dolphin. While, in Fermantle, the best known species is the bottlenose dolphin, a fairly calm and friendly species.