A man died Sunday after being attacked by a shark in Western Australia state, at Cable Beach, a popular tourist spot on Australia’s Indian Ocean coast. The 55-year-old man was pulled from the water with serious injuries and treated by police before paramedics arrived. He died at the scene. The species of the shark was not immediately confirmed, but locals told reporters it may have been a tiger shark. Kimberley District Office Police Inspector Gene Pears told reporters that the victim had been body boarding about 30 to 40 meters (100-130 feet) from the beach when he was attacked. He suffered injuries to his leg and hand. Park rangers immediately closed the beach and a fisheries vessel was assigned to patrol the area.
The toll of eight fatalities in shark attacks this year is Australia’s highest since 1929. The most recent previous attack in Western Australia occurred on Oct. 9, when a surfer was taken by a shark at Esperance on the state’s south coast. The man has died. The tiger shark is a large macropredator, capable of attaining a length over 5 m. All tiger sharks generally swim slowly. The tiger shark is reported to be responsible for a large share of fatal shark-bite incidents.