Queensland fatal shark attack: Third incident in tourist spot

Man dies after shark attack in Australia in same spot as two other attacks

3rd shark attack off Australian tourist island in 7 weeks

The Whitsunday Islands is a popular tourist site 900 km (560 miles) northwest of the state capital Brisbane.

"They're making this case because they don't want to give a false sense of security to tourists that the whole of the Whitsundays would be safe", she said.

"There's just a period of time when conditions are such that it maybe causes attacks to be more frequent".

"With the program, it's a combination of not only Queensland Boating and Fisheries Patrol officers, but it's also contractors, so a lot of the contractors go out and inspect the lines and the nets so they are not covered by the action", he said.

"Despite their best efforts, the injuries were too severe", Mr O'Connell told reporters.

Once he was stabilised he was airlifted by the helicopter to Mackay Base Hospital.

Emergency services were able to get the man to hospital but he later died. "They did everything imaginable to try to save the man".

A spokesman for Christidis' employer, Austin Health, said his colleagues were "absolutely reeling" from the news of his death.

A 46-year-old tourist, Justine Barwick, was attacked on September 19 while swimming from a yacht in Cid Harbor and is recovering.

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46-year-old Justine Barwick and 12-year-old Hannah Papps both survived, with the young girl losing her leg.

James Cook University shark researcher Professor Colin Simpfendorfer said it was hard to understand why the attacks have happened because there has been little research on shark behaviour in the Whitsundays.

Following the latest attack on a tourist in the Whitsundays at Cid Harbour, he would advise people to swim in waist deep water.

Sharks and Rays Australia principal scientist Barbara Wueringer said the attacks could be occurring from boaties dumping fish carcasses and other organic waste into the harbour.

He said: "We see this pattern time and time again - all around the world - and we don't really understand why it is".

Shark researchers are still unsure what has contributed to the rise in shark attacks, citing insufficient evidence to come to a scientific conclusion.

He died of his injuries, police confirmed early on Tuesday.

Tributes flowed for Daniel Christidis on Wednesday as the state government called a meeting for Friday to discuss how to manage sharks in the area, where there have been two other non fatal attacks in recent months. Critics argued that killing sharks was not the answer.

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