Shark attacks on people occur again and again, albeit rarely. The first fatal attack on a person this year occurred off the coast of the Australian metropolis of Sydney.
Sydney – A surfer was killed in a shark attack on Australia’s east coast. The man was around 50 years old and was bitten in the right thigh in Tuncurry Beach about 300 kilometers north of Sydney, the police in the state of New South Wales said on Tuesday (May 18).
Rescue workers pulled the seriously injured man out of the water in the morning (local time) and tried to revive him. However, the Australian died on the beach.
First shark attack in Australia in 2021
It was the first fatal shark attack Down Under that year. The beach, also known as Nine Mile Beach, and Forster Main Beach a little further north were initially closed. It is still unclear which type of shark was responsible for the attack. The authorities wanted to search the water with surveillance drones, among other things.
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Last year Australia had a record of fatal attacks by the dreaded predatory fish: Eight people were bitten to death – more than since 1934. Over the past five decades, the country has seen an average of one fatal attack per year – and none at all in 2019.
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According to the shark attack statistics of the Australian Nature Conservation Association Taronga, two people were injured in attacks this year, but the Tuncurry Beach surfer is the first to die.
Shark alarm on dream beaches
If you want to go on holiday in southern climes, you should think carefully about which dream beaches to go into the water. Sharks feel particularly at home in the following coastal waters:
New Smyrna Beach, Florida (USA)
Bolinas Beach, Kalifornien USA)
Kahana, West Maui on Hawaii (United States)
North Shore, Oahu auf Hawaii (USA)
„Shark Alley“, Gansbaai (Südafrika)
Kosi Bay (South Africa)
Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu Natal (South Africa)