Aussies Snap Over Shark Terror

Series of attacks mars Australia's summer
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2009 5:04 AM CST
A great white shark which died after being caught in a gill net off New Zealand last week. A series of summer shark attacks has caused terror in Australia.   (AP Photo/New Zealand Herald, Richard Robinson)
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(Newser) – A series of shark attacks in Australia has triggered a summer of terror and a national debate over whether it makes sense to continue to protect one of nature's most implacable predators. Three people were attacked in a single 48-hour period last month, reports Time. All that was found of one recent 51-year-old victim were tattered pieces of his wet suit. The killer shark was located by authorities but left unharmed. 

Experts insist sharks don't become man-eaters. "There is no evidence that sharks become repeat attackers," said a research scientist. But an increasing number of Australians object to a policy of allowing suspected man-eaters to continue to cruise surfing areas. "Sharks do hang around after an attack, and the government has a duty of care to deal with it," said a fisherman. Sharks "learn to kill humans. They learn to go in hard and fast." .