Shark attack victim named as Melbourne doctor

Shark attack victim named as Melbourne doctor

The 33-year-old had reportedly been swimming off a boat just after 5.30pm on Monday when he was attacked, sustaining significant injuries to his leg and wrist.

Australia ranked behind only the United States in the number of unprovoked shark encounters with humans in 2017, according to the University of Florida's International Shark Attack File.

The Whitsunday Islands is a popular tourist site 900 km (560 miles) northwest of the state capital Brisbane.

The marine biologist thinks there needs to be an investigation into the sudden increase in shark attacks in that particular area, saying "something has changed".

"That is a safety strategy, trying to warn people of the issues in the area and to provide messaging to people who may not be aware of what happened in Cid Harbour yesterday and September", Insp O'Connell said.

The victim was taken by helicopter to the Mackay Base Hospital, 100km to the south, where he died.

O'Connell said that this year's three major attacks remain an anomaly for the area.

They brought Christidis to his own yacht, where most of the group had medical backgrounds, including two doctors.

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"CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every solid effort was made to save that man's life", O'Connell said, referring cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Dr Christidis was previously a research fellow at Austin Health, where he was working towards a PhD. A 12-year-old tourist, Hannah Papps, was attacked in the same harbour while swimming from a yacht the next day, losing a leg.

He said: "We see this pattern time and time again - all around the world - and we don't really understand why it is".

Sharks and Rays Australia principal scientist Barbara Wueringer said the attacks could be occurring from boaties dumping fish carcasses and other organic waste into the harbour.

A man has died following a shark attack in the Whitsunday Island's Cid Harbour, where two others were mauled in the space of 24 hours in September.

Mackay Police District Inspector Steve O'Connell said he had been in the water with a woman, using a stand-up paddle board, before the attack occurred. "It's also a case of we don't know what species has been involved, or whether people have been fishing in the area".

Gschwind called for a science-based response to the latest tragedy.

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