- Shark culls called for after 4th victim dies in WA
- April 2, 2012 | 0 Responses
The death of a fourth person off a stretch of coastline in Western Australia (WA) has led to calls for a cull of great white sharks.
Local diver Peter Kurmann was named as the latest victim to succumb to an attack in less than seven months.
A search was launched to track down the killer beast following the incident off Stratham Beach, which is 120 miles south of Perth.
However, it was called off after the beast could not be traced, with state officials stating sharks deemed dangerous would be killed, but a widespread cull would not take place.
Senior shark research scientist with WA Fisheries Rory McAuley said the spate of deadly attacks in the area was highly unusual, with last year "particularly bad".
Angling insurance customers may be aware that overfishing and accidental catching in nets has led the numbers of great whites to decrease substantially in recent years, with the species now classed as endangered.