Teen surfer dies after shark attack near Esperance

Swellnet Dispatch

A 17-year-old girl has died after she was attacked by a shark on Western Australia's south coast, near Esperance, on Monday.

Police said the girl was surfing with her father when she was attacked at a popular surf break known as Kelp Beds — three kilometres east of Wylie Bay.

The teenager was treated on the beach by paramedics before being taken to hospital in a critical condition.

WA Police confirmed the girl later died from her injuries.

Wylie Bay Beach will be closed until further notice and the Department of Fisheries will spend Tuesday patrolling the beach.

A surfer lost his arm and his other hand in a shark attack at the same beach in 2014.

Recent shark attacks in WA

June 5, 2016: Doreen Collyer, 60, died while diving a kilometre out from Mindarie Marina between One and Three Mile reefs

June 4, 2016: Ben Gerring, 29, was killed after having his leg severed by a great white shark at Falcon Beach, in Mandurah.

December 29, 2014: Jay Muscat, 17, is killed by a great white while spearfishing at Cheynes Beach near Albany, WA.

October 2, 2014: Sean Pollard, 23, loses both hands after a shark attack at Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance, WA.

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indo-dreaming commented Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 at 7:32am

BTW. Has Ballina had any attacks since the nets went in?

I dont recall of any.

Coincidence or do the nets work?

Ada gula, ada semut!

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crg commented Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 at 9:13am

No attacks Indo but hard to tell if it's the nets. Season change and end of whale migration seem to have moved them on as well.

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tootr commented Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 at 11:02am

If you have time to waste on the shoddy DPI shark tracking website, you may note a number of fish tagged around the north coast last year have 'summered' around Vic\Tas and are now moving back north, a few around the Sydney to Forster area ATM.

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penmister commented Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 at 5:23pm

So sad..

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Clam commented Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 at 7:36pm
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Clam commented Tuesday, 18 Apr 2017 at 8:55pm
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Clam commented Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 at 10:23am
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Clam commented Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 at 12:52pm

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/greg-pickering-says-wa...
2 time shark attack victim greg pickering on fisheries studies

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canetoad commented Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 at 4:48pm

My deepest sympathies to this beautiful family and the tragic loss of their daughter.
Now it is only a matter of time before the same thing occurs in the Byron/Ballina area. We are on borrowed time. What does it take before Governments wake up and start culling these killers ? How many more families and lives have to be destroyed ! Arent Governments supposed to protect the people that voted them in ? Deplorable pathetic incompetant government dickheads !

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nogo commented Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 at 5:32pm

Yawn.....

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Clam commented Wednesday, 19 Apr 2017 at 7:48pm

Authorities will analyse the teen's surfboard to try confirm the species with the shark's bite cutting clean through the end of the board.

Experienced Esperance abalone diver Marc Payne said his interactions with great white sharks off the southern coast had increased from one sighting every 1200 dive hours, to one every 500 dive hours since the predator became a protected species in 1999.

"We've always had most of our interactions with sub-adults and juveniles - I guess we are getting more action," he said.

"My interactions have increased a bit over 100 per cent... in most situations they're inquisitive."
https://amp.watoday.com.au/wa-news/esperance-shark-attack-victim-identif...

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Clam commented Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 at 10:22am

Quoted. "Trouble is, nobody seems to be interested because it's not them that's being bitten. That's the tragic part."
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/esperance-shark-attack...

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theween commented Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 at 11:53am

RIP Laeticia and deepest condolences to her family.

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innatube commented Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 at 12:33pm

Josh Fryemberg calling for more action on great whites ,maybe even a cull. First sensible thing he's ever said.

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Blowin commented Thursday, 20 Apr 2017 at 12:43pm

I just did my bit.

Yellowfin tuna for lunch.....that's one less tuna that's going into the maw of a predatory White Pointer enabling it to become a bigger and more devastating killing machine.

Unless of course that one less tuna just makes the bastard sharks hungrier.

Can't win.

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sharkman commented Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 at 11:21am

I just ate 2 x bull seals !!!

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innatube commented Friday, 21 Apr 2017 at 6:04am

State government decides to do nothing . What a surprise.

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Fleazool commented Friday, 21 Apr 2017 at 12:01pm

Terrible news.
I can understand why the locals take their chances. Such an amazing place down there. Majestic isolated coast & the water is so inviting. Kinda like the Prom.
Not sure what they can really do. The sharks are everywhere. Killing a few may not even make a difference to the risk?

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Clam commented Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 at 2:11am

Video clip greg pickering interviewed.

"There wasn’t any. You never saw them. That’s changed now. You’ve got a situation where the numbers have built right back up again. I don’t think a lot of people understand that. The numbers are very high. I’d say they’re similar to what they were in the 1960s,” he said.

“I’ve seen more sharks over the last few years than in the 20 or 30 years before that.” greg pickering .http://www.coastlive.com.au/news/local-news/dual-shark-attack-survivor-c...

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frog commented Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 at 10:14am

Here's an idea... Set up dummies on surfboards and dummy divers anchored to the bottom well off beaches that are part of the GW "highway" up and down the various coasts. Have the dummies wired up with powerful electric pulses (stronger than in current personal protection devices) triggered by close proximity to inquisitive sharks. The aim is to train them to avoid us. Over time the shark population would associate humans with pain and be very wary of getting too close.

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indo-dreaming commented Saturday, 22 Apr 2017 at 11:55am

Intersting read

"Great white shark protection racket:

The protection of great white sharks was introduced in Australia when nobody in the world knew the species’ global population, says one of the co-­authors of the federal government’s plan to replenish the species in 2002.

One could argue that this is still the case. Despite decades of expen­sive research, precious little is known about shark abundance and behaviour, which is why every time there is an attack we have the same futile debate.

It gets worse. It turns out Australia was emphatically told the debate was ill-­informed in 2004"

Continued : http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/great-white-shark-protecti...

Ada gula, ada semut!

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Clam commented Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 at 11:11am

"Mr Brouwer, who saw Laeticia pulled under, hauled his daughter, who had lost her left leg in the attack, on to his surfboard and paddled the 200m back to shore."

" the Brouwers had no idea that a shark attack had occurred at the same surfing break three years ago. Surfer Sean Pollard lost an arm and his other hand at Kelp Beds in October 2014."

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/esperance-shark-attack...

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Blowin commented Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 at 2:44pm

Remember the time the gay sea lion was cruising through small town Australia in his white BMW convertible when he experienced car trouble and had to pull into the local mechanics ?

So the mechanic says he'll take a look and the sea lion decides to go for a stroll and maybe grab a bite to eat in the meantime. The swish sea lion spies a nice little cafe but on the way he is jeered at by the usual small town crew for his flamboyant and obvious queerness. The sea lion has experienced this many times during his travels and knows that a good way to reset the attitude after such an irritating event is by treating oneself , so he decides to grab an ice cream for the walk back to the mechanics.

The gay sea lion is getting stuck right into the ice cream , eating with abandon and smearing its gooey deliciousness all over his face and just starting to feel happy again when he arrives at the mechanics who looks up from the bonnet of the sea lion's car and announces with gravity that unfortunately in his opinion it looks like the sea lion has blown a seal.

" For fucks sake , it's only ice cream ! " screams the sea lion.

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zenagain commented Tuesday, 25 Apr 2017 at 4:18pm
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happyasS commented Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 at 8:13pm

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/great-white-shark-protecti...

"It turns out Australia was EMPHATICALLY told the debate was ill-­informed in 2004"

and it also turns out that shark parts make great soup.