Great White Shark Spotted After Fatal Byron Bay Attack

Dustin Wicksell

The crew of a rescue helicopter in Australia spotted what they believed was a great white shark, following a fatal attack in Byron Bay.

The attack occurred Tuesday at the popular tourist destination on Australia's east coast. The victim, 50-year-old Paul Wilcox, suffered severe wounds to his right leg. According to ABC News, Mark Hickey, another beachgoer, brought the injured man back to shore, 50-65 feet from the site of the attack. Prior to entering the water, he observed a six to seven foot long shark, though he could not identify the species.

Surprisingly, though shark attacks are usually limited to a single strike, after which the predator loses interest, Hickey told The Daily Telegraph that the Byron Bay great white struck a second time.

"The shark came back to him and had another go. I didn't know it was a person — but when I realised I ran out and waded to the bank and grabbed him and did CPR but it was too late. I brought him back in and worked on him on the beach."

— Nine News Brisbane (@9NewsBrisbane) September 9, 2014

"It's not confirmed at this stage but it looks like it's a great white," Cullen said. "I'm pretty sure he (the victim) was out swimming on his own. His wife was on the beach at the time."

— Hayden Nelson (@haydennelson) September 9, 2014

"It was a fatal bite with major blood loss. He probably died in the water because there was no blood loss on the beach."

— Birmingham Mail (@birminghammail) September 9, 2014

"They shouldn't go and hunt the shark down, it's not the shark's fault - it's the shark's backyard," said 70-year-old Richard Buxton, a local and frequent Byron swimmer.

Though authorities have not ruled out the possibility of a cull, the great white shark is a protected species.

[Image via Mashable]

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