Shark Attack

Australia shark attack victim identified as schoolgirl Stella Berry

The schoolgirl was pronounced dead after being pulled from the Swan River in Perth on Saturday.

Stella was riding jet skis with friends when she jumped into the water to swim with dolphins and was attacked, police say.

In a statement, her parents said they were "devastated and deeply shocked".

Matt and Sophie Berry said their daughter was a "vibrant and happy girl" who loved the water and art.

"She was a caring person and was a dear friend to many... a beautiful and loving big sister and the best daughter we could have hoped for."

Noumea beaches closed after shark mauls woman

The shark mauled a 49-year-old woman near a buoy which was marking the swimming area about 100 metres off one of the city's most popular swimming beaches.

A paddle boarder, who heard her screams, came to her rescue, and took her to shore.

With injuries to her hands, thighs and back, she was taken to hospital in a serious condition.

Sharks in New Caledonia's shallow coastal waters are usually more numerous in the summer.

It has been suggested that their presence has also increased because of the run-off following recent heavy rain.


Shark attack on dolphin in Sydney closes popular beaches

At least two bull sharks were spotted in the Shelly Beach area, in northern Sydney, after the attack and authorities closed all nearby beaches as a precaution.

BBC reports the injured dolphin circled the shallow waters but eventually beached and died.

Manly Open Surf, a carnival taking place at the beach over the weekend, has been suspended.

Lifeguards cleared people from the water after the attack, which happened at around 07:00 local time on Saturday (20:00 GMT on Friday).

Hundreds of people had been about to compete in the festival.

Man in hospital in Pago Pago after frenzied shark attack

The man from Portland, Oregon and employed by a local company, was working outside of the Starkist Samoa cannery, in Pago Pago Harbour.

The acting Chief Medical Officer of the LBJ Hospital, Dr Akapusi Ledua told KHJ News the man had a significant number of deep bites on his left leg and suffered significant blood loss.

He was operated on for over four hours, and is now a stable condition.

Arrangements are underway to evacuate him for further continuing care, likely back in Portland, Oregon.

Family of shark attack victim Simon Nellist say he was a 'gentle' and 'wonderful' man

Simon Nellist, from Wolli Creek, was swimming at Little Bay when he was attacked just after 4.30pm on Wednesday.

It was Sydney's first fatal shark attack since 1963 at Sugarloaf Bay in Middle Harbour.

Nellist, who was born in the UK, was remembered by his family as being a "very talented photographer".

"Simon was a gentle, kind and wonderful human being. He was a cherished fiancee, son, brother, uncle and friend," his family told the BBC.

Simon Nellist: Sydney shark victim named locally as British man

A friend confirmed Simon Nellist died in the attack on Wednesday.

Police have not yet formally identified the victim and his family have not commented.

Australian authorities are still searching for the great white shark, with swimmers banned from the water and most city beaches shut after Wednesday's attack.

Mr Nellist - who was a diving instructor - was mauled by a great white shark just off Little Bay in east Sydney. He was a member of the city's Scuba Diving Social Club and a regular swimmer at the beach, BBC Sydney correspondent Shaimaa Khalil reports.

Swimmer dies in first fatal shark attack in Sydney since 1963

Emergency services were called to Little Bay beach near Malabar on Wednesday afternoon where human remains were found in the water, police say.

Authorities in the New South Wales state have not named the victim, and an investigation is under way.

Little Bay and several nearby beaches are now closed.

At the time of the attack at 16:30 local time (05:30 GMT) on Wednesday, there were dozens of people swimming, paddle boarding and fishing on the nearby rocks, according to Sky News Australia.

Teen killed by shark near Coffs Harbour, NSW

The 15-year-old was surfing at Wilsons Headland at Wooli Beach, near Grafton and north of Coffs Harbour, just before 2:30pm on Saturday when he was attacked.

The shark attack left him with severe injuries to his legs.

Several surfers came to the aid of the teen and helped him to shore for medical attention.

Despite CPR efforts from paramedics to revive him, the boy died at the scene.

A Surf Life Saving NSW spokeswoman said drones which scan coastline for predators had been concentrated in the mid-north coast area lately.

Great white shark kills surfer off Australia's New South Wales

The shark bit the leg of the surfer, aged between 50 and 60, off Kingscliff, 800km (500 miles) north of Sydney.

Several "heroic" boarders tried to help the man by fighting off the shark but although he was brought to the beach, he died there of his wounds.

This is the third fatal shark attack in Australian waters this year.

The Sydney Morning Herald said that although police gunmen were deployed to find the shark, they were unable to kill it and it left the area after several hours.

Girl killed by shark while surfing in Western Australia

The teenager's mother and two siblings were also at the scene, a popular surfing spot near Esperance.

It is the third fatal shark attack in Western Australia within 12 months.

The latest incident happened in the same area where a surfer lost his arms in a shark attack in 2014.

Neville Mansted, a professional fisherman, said he would not surf there again.