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Australia cracks down on shark population after rash of fatal attacks

More than 170 sharks were caught during a controversial cull policy in Western Australia following a spate of fatal attacks, figures showed Wednesday, with 50 of the biggest ones destroyed. The policy, in place around popular west coast beaches, was given the green light in January after six fatal attacks…

Australian firm launches ‘anti-shark’ wetsuits

An Australian research firm Thursday launched what is being touted as the world’s first anti-shark wetsuit, using new discoveries about the predators’ eyesight to stave off or evade an attack. Working in conjunction with the University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Oceans Institute, entrepreneurs Hamish Jolly and Craig Anderson have developed…

French man killed by shark on his honeymoon

A French honeymooner was attacked and killed by a shark on Wednesday while he was surfing not far from the beach on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion, authorities said. The 36-year-old was in the sea off the popular beach of Brisants de Saint-Gilles when a shark charged at…

Climate change cited as shark attacks ‘double’

Sharks killed twice as many swimmers and surfers last year than in 2010, with the increase due largely to a growth in tourism and changing shark patterns due to global warming. There were 12 deaths in 46 shark attacks in 2011, a mortality rate of more than 25 percent compared to an average…

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