Just a week after a leading expert predicted 2016 could break the record for most shark bites, a female scuba diver was bitten and killed off of the coast of Australia.
A 17-foot-long shark is believed to have killed the scuba diver, while her dive buddy was just a few feet away. The pair was diving at a popular site called Mindarie, which is roughly 20 miles north of Perth on Australia’s west coast. The dive buddy surfaced to find his injured friend, but was unable to save her life.
The incident is the second significant shark bite in the area within the last week. Ben Gerring, a 29-year-old surfer, died after a great white bit off his leg last week. The two deaths match the fatalities recorded in Australia last year.
Across the globe, the sighting of several large sharks closed the promting of a prominent California beach. More info can be found in this in-depth article from the BBC.
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