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Great White Sharks Off Australia's Indian Ocean Coastline To Be Hunted And Killed By Authorities

This is awful news:

CANBERRA, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Authorities will hunt and kill great white sharks which pose a threat to swimmers along Australia’s western Indian Ocean coastline under a new plan to protect beachgoers after five deadly attacks in the past year.

Great white sharks have been a protected species in Australian waters for more than a decade, but the latest spate of great white attacks at Western Australian beaches have prompted the government to allow pre-emptive hunts.

Barnett said the his state had recorded only 12 shark fatalities over the past 100 years, but five of those deaths happened over the past year.

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