Australia recorded its fifth shark attack of the year, when a Great White shark was savagely bitten by a man this morning. The attack occurred off the Brisbane coast, just after dawn.
Startled onlookers reported seeing the five metre long Great White harmlessly basking in shallow water, before following shoals of fish close in to the beach. One eyewitness described how, out of nowhere, a man appeared and lunged at the Great White, frenziedly biting at the shark's head, back and gills.
When the man retreated and swam away, onlookers waded into the water and pulled the stunned and injured shark up onto the beach. A local veterinarian rushed to the scene and was able to treat the shark's wounds, before it was airlifted to a local marine park for further treatment and rehabilitation.
The local police are believed to be looking for an older man, as a pair of dentures were found embedded in the shark's dorsal fin.
A Queensland government marine conservation spokesman said, "Each time we see these shark attacks, it causes us great concern. Human numbers have grown significantly in the past few decades. We will go away and seriously consider, in light of this incident, whether we can continue to justify a ban on hunting humans, which has been illegal in Queensland since 1897."