Australia: Doctor killed by shark in Queensland

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A man in Australia was killed by a shark Monday, around a month after two tourists were critically injured in separate shark attacks in the same area.

LNP leader Deb Frecklington said Labor needed to explain why one of the only areas of Queensland without drumlines or netting, the Whitsundays, had three shark attacks in six weeks, accusing the government of organising a "talkfest".

The man went into cardiac arrest and had to be resuscitated twice before being flown to Mackay Base Hospital.

Her attack came after Tasmanian mother of two, Justine Barwick, 46, was bitten on her left thigh while snorkelling in the same area a day earlier.

SWIMMING at dusk or on the surface makes you vulnerable to a shark attack, but there was no hard and fast rule when it was safe to enter the water, says one of Australia's leading marine experts.

"CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every effort was made to save the man's life", he said.

Mr Costigan said Queensland's shark control program was in place in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and the Gold Coast, but there were no protections in place on the Whitsundays.

At the time 16 vessels were anchored in Cid Harbour and authorities warned all of them of the situation and water safety.

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"The man was part of a group of ten people on a 40 foot sailing boat which left Airlie Beach from Amity Point", Qld Police said in a statement.

Australia had not experienced a fatal shark attack since April 17 last year and its average of two deadly shark attacks per year that was recorded in recent decades has dropped.

Sea World's director of marine sciences Trevor Long said our three most risky sharks all had different feeding patterns but there were similarities in the way they hunted their prey.

Four tiger sharks were culled from the waters following the attacks and drum lines, which are unmanned aquatic traps used to lure and capture sharks with baited hooks, were additionally laid out by the Queensland state government.

Prof Colin Simpfendorfer, from James Cook University, said shark attacks were "extremely rare" in the Whitsundays, but no theories had "so far been supported by real substantial information" to understand the spike in shark activity.

"We can't be clearer - don't swim in Cid Harbour", he said.

Mr Furner said he had also heard anecdotal evidence of people dumping food from yachts, which was attracting sharks.