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Australian shark fear survey shows little support for culling

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia ranks high in global charts of shark attacks and is currently running an aggressive culling drive against the marine predator, but a new survey says many Australians aren't really that worried about them. The survey of 583 visitors to the Sydney aquarium found 77 percent of the respondents were "not at all frightened" or only "moderately frightened" by sharks. Some 87 percent said they shouldn't be killed despite the threat they pose.

Cap, goggles found from Australian shark attack victim

The swimming cap and goggles of a woman taken by a shark in Australia have been found, police said Friday, as her husband accepted that she had been "consumed completely". Christine Armstrong, 63, was with a group of people on their regular morning swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of Sydney on Thursday when she disappeared. Her husband Rob and others in the group said they saw a shark close by.

Cap, goggles found from Australian shark attack victim

The swimming cap and goggles of a woman taken by a shark in Australia have been found along with a small amount of human remains, police said on Friday. Christine Armstrong, 63, was with a group of people on their regular morning swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of Sydney on Thursday when she disappeared. Her husband Rob and others in the group said they saw a shark close by.

Woman killed by shark in Australia

A woman was taken by a shark on Thursday while swimming with her husband in Australia, authorities said, in an attack which horrified fellow swimmers. Christine Armstrong was with a group of people on a regular swim between Tathra Wharf and Tathra Beach about 350 kilometres (220 miles) south of Sydney when she disappeared. Reports said the 63-year-old had turned back from the group which included her husband Rob and was on her own when the shark struck.

China's Yao Ming says faced shark fin resistance

Chinese basketball superstar Yao Ming said Friday that he was shocked by protests when he spoke out against eating shark fin, but credits his campaign with helping the species rebound. On a return visit to the United States, the retired Houston Rocket said he had "all good memories" from his NBA days, even when he endured taunts by Shaquille O'Neal.

Shark gives Florida student two-hour ride, stars in YouTube video

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A hammerhead shark dragged a college student in his kayak up the Atlantic coast for a two-hour "South Florida sleigh ride" that the kayaker taped with a head-mounted camera and posted on YouTube. Adam Fisk, 22, posted a five-minute clip of his adventure titled "Lone Man Gets Towed for Miles in Kayak by 11 Foot Hammerhead Shark." At one point, Fisk dunked the camera into the water and recorded the shark swimming ahead of the kayak.

Sea turned red after Australian shark attack, says rescuer

A man who dived into the sea to rescue a woman from a shark attack said Monday "reality hit" when he saw the water turn red, as he was honoured for his bravery. Rowan Cutbush was on a boat at Jimmys Beach near Port Stephens, about 150 kilometres (100 miles) north of Sydney, in March 2011 when a friend he was towing fell off her wakeboard -- similar to a waterski -- into the water. As she began swimming back to her board she was attacked by a shark, leaving her with deep cuts to her arm and neck.

Austrian tourist killed by shark at South African beach

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - An Austrian tourist was attacked and killed by a shark while swimming at a beach in South Africa's Eastern Cape province, the National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) said on Sunday. The 72-year-old man received fatal wounds in the attack on Saturday at Second Beach in Port St. Johns, where he and his wife were part of a tour group, the institute said in a statement. It did not name the victim. It added the species of shark involved in the incident was not immediately known.

Australia hatches first IVF shark

Australia has successfully hatched its first shark born via artificial insemination with hopes that the development can ultimately be used to help breed threatened species, an aquarium said Wednesday. Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium said the brown banded bamboo shark pup was born on March 3, ending a process which began in September when aquarists collected a semen sample from a shark in Mooloolaba in northeastern Australia.

Sea Shepherd fails to halt Australia shark kill policy

Activist group Sea Shepherd has failed to secure an injunction to halt a controversial shark cull policy in Western Australia, it said Thursday, vowing to fight on to prevent the killings. The group, best known for battling Japanese whalers in the Antarctic, applied for a judicial review of the decision, claiming it involves the unlawful killing of a protected species.
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