A fisherman was rushed to hospital after he was attacked by a shark, leaving blood splattered across the boat.
The man suffered calf injuries after he was attacked south of Warroora Station, near Coral Bay in western Australia around midday on March 27, according to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development.
A nearby snorkeler named Nick Hardie told Nine News he was snorkelling nearby when a boat carrying the man and his friends came to him needing urgent help.
Describing what he saw, Mr Hardie said the man was laid flat on his back.
He told ABC: “The bleeding had stopped but there was a bit of blood all over the boat.”
The man was then airlifted 50km to the Royal Perth Hospital and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
The Department of Fisheries has advised they are investigating the incident and believed a bronze whaler or bull shark was responsible.
“The incident occurred approximately 500 to 1000 metres offshore, south of Warroora Station,” a spokesman said, adding people in the area should take caution and adhere to beach closures.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service has confirmed a plane is currently en route to Coral Bay where it is expected to land just before 5 pm before airlifting the man to Perth for treatment.
Warning signs have now been installed in the Warroora Station area for anyone using the beach.
Unprovoked shark bites killed 10 people around the world in 2020 with six of the deaths in Australian waters, according to international figures recorded by the University of Florida’s International Shark Attack File.
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The Guardian reported that the 10 deaths from shark bites globally were higher than the average of four but the 57 confirmed unprovoked shark encounters were well below the five-year average of 80.
However, there was a fall in recorded incidents of shark attack which could be due to Covid-19 lockdowns, a drop in coastal tourism or a delay in work to report them to the file, according to the file.