A large shark attacked and killed a man who was diving with his daughter off the coast of Maria Island in Tasmania, Australia. The man, who was in his late 40s and his daughter, who is in her 20s, were diving for scallops from a small dinghy Saturday morning when the fatal attack took place, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
Witnesses reported sightings of a 15-foot great white shark in the area on Friday, a Maria Island senior ranger told The Examiner. Sharks are not common in those waters, said John Hammond, president of the Scallop Fishermen’s a$$ociation of Tasmania, which regulates scallop fishing in the area. Other divers were also in the water at the time of the attack, he said. “It is really shallow, sheltered water,” Hammond. “It used to be traditional scallop ground… It is an absolute tragedy.” Tasmanian senator Peter Whish-Wilson said that the event was a “terrible tragedy,” but asked the public to stay calm. “There have only been five fatal shark attacks in Tasmania since convict times,” Whish-Wilson said. “Over time people will be calling for sharks to be killed. While it’s tragic news, we want to keep a couple of things in perspective.” –