Latest shark attack: Man mauled by 13ft shark on popular beach in Western Australia after whale carcass found floating offshore

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A man has been hospitalised after being mauled by a 13ft shark on a popular beach in Australia.

Emergency responders raced to the beach on the northwest coast yesterday morning (Monday 8 July) and the man was rushed to hospital. He was attacked on Fourteen Mile Beach, near Coral Bay in Western Australia, by an unknown species of shark.

A local official has since confirmed the man is in stable condition. The attack came hours after locals were warned about possible attacks.

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Only 10 minutes before the horror attack, a shark thought to be 13ft was spotted off the coast of Exmouth - about 200km away. Swimmers near Fourteen Mile Beach have now been urged to take "additional caution” and remain aware of any "signage and beach closures".

A man has been hospitalised after being mauled by a 13ft shark on a popular beach in Australia. (Photo: Shutterstock)A man has been hospitalised after being mauled by a 13ft shark on a popular beach in Australia. (Photo: Shutterstock)
A man has been hospitalised after being mauled by a 13ft shark on a popular beach in Australia. (Photo: Shutterstock) | Shutterstock

A local official told 7NEWS: “We can confirm the patient is in a stable condition.” Prior to the attack, Parks and Wildlife officers also found a whale carcass floating offshore, prompting authorities to issue a shark warning.

A Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) spokesperson said: “It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close into shore along this stretch of coast. DPIRD is working with local authorities and further information will be provided as it becomes available.”

Nearby to the popular beach is the world famous Ningaloo Marine Park and Reef - known for its whale sharks and hundreds of species of fish. Last month, a Pirates of the Caribbean star died after he was attacked by a shark off Oahu in Hawaii. Tamayo Perry, 49, was surfing at Malaekahana beach on the Hawaiian island when he died on June 23.

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