The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail is reporting today on a horrific and tragic shark attack at Bunkers Beach, Cape Naturliste in Western Australia. A young man in his 20s was body-boarding with a group of his friends when he was dragged under the water and away from the group by what was believed to be a Great White Shark. It is common for Great Whites to mistake surfboards and body boards as seals, one of its favorite things to eat. Witnesses report that the man was torn from the waist down, and his friends carried half of his body back onto the beach. His friends were visibly shocked and the beach was in utter chaos as people scrambled to get others out of the water. The attack occurred less than 50 meters from the shore, underscoring the danger to other swimmers who could meet a similar fate. Reports suggest a seal colony may have been nearby the beach, thus attracting the Great White to the location. Police report that the young man lost the lower half of his body and is now deceased. The area is a popular surfing locale known as The Boneyards. The young man has been identified but his name has not been released to the press. Understandably the locals are upset and a pall hangs over the beach. This is the second fatality from a shark attack in Australia this year, with an abalone diver having been the victim of what is believed to be two Great Whites. Condolences to the family and friends of this young man and may he rest in peace.

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