23 Oct '11, 3am

Shark kills American diver off western Australia

A great white shark killed an American recreational diver yesterday, in the third fatality in recent weeks off south-west Australia that has shaken residents and sparked fears of a rogue predator targeting humans. The state government has promised to hunt the killer and is considering more aircraft surveillance off west coast beaches as whales migrating in larger numbers attract more sharks. The first sign that the 32-year-old American man was in trouble as he dived alone, was when a stream of bubbles erupted on the ocean surface beside his 8m dive boat, the police said. His two companions on the boat saw his lifeless body surface and a 3m great white swim away. The man had a work visa and had been living in a Perth beachside suburb for several months. The shark struck 460m north of the tourist haven of Rottnest Island, which is 18km west of a Perth city beach, Cottlesloe,...

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