Shark attack off the northwest coast of WA

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A diver was attacked by a shark while swimming in a popular reef in Coral Bay on the northwest coast of Western Australia.

WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said the man, whose age was not provided, sustained a foot injury after being bitten by a two-meter bronze whale shark at Five Finger Reef, south of Coral Bay Friday morning.

He was being treated for his injuries at the Coral Bay Nursing Station.

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The DPIRD said it was investigating the incident and warned other swimmers in the area to be very careful. Five Finger Reef Beach has been temporarily closed.

Friday’s attack came less than three months after a man in his 20s was bitten by a shark while fishing underwater in Coral Bay. His fiancee, an apprentice paramedic, provided emergency first aid before he was flown to Perth for emergency treatment.

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Coral Bay is located approximately 1,200 kilometers north of Perth in County Carnarvon. Bordered by the Ningaloo Reef, it is a popular tourist destination, especially in winter.

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