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Australia Shark attack victim was 'completely against' culling

03:11  07 january  2020
03:11  07 january  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

Beachgoers are forced to flee from the water after a great white shark is spotted stalking surfers just metres from shore

  Beachgoers are forced to flee from the water after a great white shark is spotted stalking surfers just metres from shore Three beaches in Shoalhaven on the NSW South Coast were evacuated within moments of each other on Sunday. © Provided by Daily Mail A three-metre shark was spotted at Bhewerre, and another 2.5-metre great white was circling at Cudmirrah beach Haunting photos show two unsuspecting surfers paddling just feet away from the 2.5 metre shark.The sighting, at Berrara Beach just before 1pm on Sunday, led to swimmers making a run for it out of the water.Just moments before, a three-metre shark was spotted at nearby Bhewerre.Another 2.5-metre great white was then seen lurking in waters at Cudmirrah.

Milligan said Johnson had been completely against shark culling and she still maintained that position. “We believed that if fish stocks were better protected, then the risk to people in the water would be reduced,” she said. “Gary’s vision was to have a marine park in the Esperance area.”

Diver dies after being attacked by a shark , the body is still missing off the coast of Cull Island, Australia.

The wife of a man killed by a great white shark in Western Australia says he was against culling the species.

Karen Milligan was next to her partner Gary Johnson in the water when the shark attacked about 1pm on Sunday near Cull Island, close to West Beach in Esperance.

After issuing a mayday alert to local boaties, Ms Mulligan was taken to Esperance Hospital to be treated for shock.

Her daughter, Hannah Milligan, read a statement to the media yesterday.

Beachgoers are forced to flee from the water after a great white shark is spotted stalking surfers just metres from shore

  Beachgoers are forced to flee from the water after a great white shark is spotted stalking surfers just metres from shore Three beaches in Shoalhaven on the NSW South Coast were evacuated within moments of each other on Sunday. © Provided by Daily Mail A three-metre shark was spotted at Bhewerre, and another 2.5-metre great white was circling at Cudmirrah beach Haunting photos show two unsuspecting surfers paddling just feet away from the 2.5 metre shark.The sighting, at Berrara Beach just before 1pm on Sunday, led to swimmers making a run for it out of the water.Just moments before, a three-metre shark was spotted at nearby Bhewerre.Another 2.5-metre great white was then seen lurking in waters at Cudmirrah.

A shark attack survivor speaks out against the shark culling in Western Australia, carried out by their Liberal Party State Government. Music: Jaws movie theme.

The attack happened at about 1.30pm off Cull Island in Esperance (pictured), south east of Perth, on Sunday. The nerve-wracking encounter was just Ms Milligan said she and her husband were animal lovers and was staunchly anti - shark culling . 'We were completely against shark culling , and I still

"He loved diving, he loved squash, he loved his work, he loved Esperance. But most of all, he loved his friends and family," she said.

a group of people posing for the camera: A supplied image obtained Monday, January 6, 2020 of experienced recreational scuba diver Gary Johnson (left), who was killed by a white shark in waters off Esperance in WA on Sunday. Police have continuing to search for the body of a scuba diver killed by a white shark off Western Australia's southern coast, as friends mourn their loss. (AAP IMAGE/Supplied by WA Police © PR IMAGE A supplied image obtained Monday, January 6, 2020 of experienced recreational scuba diver Gary Johnson (left), who was killed by a white shark in waters off Esperance in WA on Sunday. Police have continuing to search for the body of a scuba diver killed by a white shark off Western Australia's southern coast, as friends mourn their loss. (AAP IMAGE/Supplied by WA Police "We were always aware of the risks, and often told each other that if one of us were attacked by a shark that would just be unlucky."

Ms Milligan said the couple was against culling sharks.

"We were completely against shark culling and I still am," the statement said.

Man bitten by shark on Great Barrier Reef

  Man bitten by shark on Great Barrier Reef A man is being treated for minor injuries after being bitten by a shark off an island in the Great Barrier Reef.The man, aged in his 30s, sustained minor injuries to his arms and legs from the attack at North West Island, at the southern end of the reef, about 1pm on Monday.

Gary Johnson was attacked and killed by a great white shark at about 1.30pm off Cull Island in Esperance, south Gary Johnson died after he was mauled by shark in Western Australia. The attack unfolded at Tagged sharks are registering against the buoys [receivers]…but this is really tragic.'

The wife of a man killed in a shark attack off WA ' s coast on Sunday has given an emotional statement, describing her Mrs Johnson, who is understood to have witnessed the attack , said she and her husband were at home in and on the ocean and she remained " completely " against shark culling .

"We have watched with dismay the reduction of fish stocks over the years.

"We believed that if fish stocks were better protected then the risk to people in the water would be reduced."

a man standing next to a body of water: Gary Johnson - killed by shark was experienced scuba diver © Facebook Gary Johnson - killed by shark was experienced scuba diver

Ms Milligan described her husband as her rock, adding he was a gentle and strong man.

Senior Sargent Jutsin Tarasinski from WA Police said Ms Mulligan is "absolutely devastated and distraught".

"You can't even imagine what she's gone through," he said.

Mr Johnson was president of the Esperance Dive Club and worked for a local farming machinery retailer.

He wrote on social media in 2017 that he wore a shark protection device because it gave him peace of mind like a car seatbelt.

Police divers have recommenced their search for Mr Johnson's body, initially only searching the surface due to the danger of a further shark attack.

Shark attack victim identified as Esperance man Gary Johnson as search for body resumes

  Shark attack victim identified as Esperance man Gary Johnson as search for body resumes Police resume searching for the body of Gary Johnson, who was killed by a suspected great white shark yesterday off the coast of Esperance on Western Australia's south coast.It is understood local man Gary Johnson had entered the water to go scuba diving off a boat near Cull Island when moments later he was taken by a suspected great white shark.

"We were completely against shark culling and I still am . "We have watched with dismay the reduction of fish stocks over the years. "We believed that if fish stocks were better protected then the risk to people in the water would be reduced."

Ms Milligan said Mr Johnson had been completely against shark culling and she still maintained that position. Ms Milligan put out the mayday alert when Mr Johnson was attacked and she had to be treated in hospital for shock. "I raced out and we found a couple of flippers and a sleeve in the water

Graham Jarvis standing next to a motorcycle: Gary Johnson attacked by shark in WA while partner watched in horror. © Facebook Gary Johnson attacked by shark in WA while partner watched in horror.

They have recovered his dive tank and vest but there is still no sign of his remains.

The WA government has ruled out immediately deploying SMART drumlines.

Fisheries Minister Peter Tinley told reporters shark shields were useful but not fail safe, saying they worked nine out of 10 times.

Mr Tinley said drumlines would have had limited use in helping to recover Mr Johnson's body. "In this particular case, we have divers in the water," he said.

"There is a recovery operation underway, there are police officers doing their duty and other officials, so to deploy drumlines now would actually be an exacerbating effect."

Mr Johnson's death the second shark fatality in Esperance in less than three years, following the death of 17-year-old surfer Laeticia Brouwer at Kelp Beds in April 2017.

Family of girl attacked by shark say it was responsible for earlier attack .
The family of a seven-year-old girl bitten on the leg by a shark at a Central Queensland island last week say they believe the shark was behind another attack last month. The family of a seven-year-old girl bitten on the leg by a shark at a Central Queensland island last week say they believe the shark was beh Miah Holmes was standing in knee-deep water at North West Island with her dad just metres away and her brother watching on when she was bitten three times by a lemon shark, a species not known to be aggressive.

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