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Shark bites another swimmer in Sydney

A SHARK attacked a surfer at Sydney's famous Bondi Beach yesterday, a day after a navy diver was savaged in Sydney Harbour.

The shark seriously injured the surfer's left hand and arm, Australian police said, in the first shark attack at Bondi in decades.

On Wednesday a navy diver lost a hand and suffered severe leg injuries after he was attacked by a shark in Sydney Harbour.

The 23-year-old surfer was attacked just before dark.

"He said he felt a tug on his arm," a police spokesman said. "When he looked down he saw a bad bite on his left hand and arm. He yelled for help and nearby surfers assisted him. Some off-duty doctors on the beach helped stem the bleeding."

The last fatal attack at Bondi was in 1929.

There have been at least four other shark attacks so far in Australian this summer, one of them fatal, sparking a global media frenzy of "Jaws" proportions. Last month there were three shark attacks in Australian waters in two days.

Wildlife officials say Sydney's cleaner ocean water, due to offshore sewage outlets and stormwater cages, has encouraged marine life closer to shore, which in turn has attracted sharks.

On Wednesday the navy diver punched a shark as he was being attacked in Sydney Harbour, fending it off but suffering severe injuries to his right hand and leg.

Shark nets, which are suspended between buoys, are used off all of Sydney's ocean beaches. Sharks drown when they get caught in them.

The nets are not intended to form a complete barrier but act as a deterrent by interrupting the territorial swimming patterns of sharks.


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