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April 2022    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 37, No. 4   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Sydney Shark Kills Swimming PADI Instructor

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Locals were shocked when PADI diving instructor Simon Nellis was chomped up by a ten-foot great white shark in Sydney's Little Bay in mid-February. It was the first fatal shark attack in New South Wales since 1963. The 35-year-old was not scuba diving, but rather out for his regular exercise swim, and suffered catastrophic wounds. Not all of his wetsuit-clad body has been recovered.

As expected, some people called for culling all sharks or at least killing the responsible shark, but it is improbable that the actual shark might be identified given their vast range. She's probably long gone. Thankfully, the public now realizes the intrinsic value of sharks and their essential role in the ecosystem....


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