A 10-year-old boy was swimming on the reef when he was attacked by a shark.
Emergency responders rushed a 10-year-old child to the hospital after he was attacked by a shark while swimming at a beach in Perth, Australia.
At 11:14 a.m. local time on Friday, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) received a complaint of a shark attack in Coral Bay (11:14 p.m. Thursday, EDT). According to the Brisbane Times in Australia, the child was swimming at Five Fingers Reef when he was bitten on the foot.
He was transferred to Perth Children’s Hospital for additional treatment after receiving treatment at the Coral Bay Nursing Post. According to the story, the boy’s injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.
A two-meter bronze whaler shark was behind the attack, according to the DPIRD, and a shark of that size was observed at the reef around 75 meters offshore minutes after the incident was reported. While the incident is being examined, the Five Fingers Reef has been closed.
People in the Coral Bay region should take extra precautions and “adhere to beach restrictions issued by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers, or Surf Life Saving WA,” according to the Australian government’s SharkSmart service, which offers information on shark activity.
About 4.5 kilometers (2.8 miles) south of Coral Bay is Five Fingers Reef. It can only be reached with a four-wheel drive vehicle or on foot.
The reef is home to many colorful coral fish and other marine creatures, including turtles, according to Australia’s Coral Coast.
The bronze whaler shark, sometimes known as the copper shark, is a huge shark with a maximum length of three meters. They are frequently seen feeding on schooling fish close to the coast.
According to the Shark Research Institute, the shark has been linked to human bites and is a “active, fast-moving shark.”
Friday’s attack is not the first time someone has been bitten by a shark near Coral Bay.
In March this year, Jackson Howson, 27, was spearfishing in the area when he was bitten on the leg by a shark.
Howson told Australia’s 7News he swam back to his boat using his spear gun to try and keep the shark away from him.
Girlfriend Maddie Naylor-Pratt, a trainee paramedic, applied first aid with a makeshift tourniquet and drove the boat. This is a brief summary.