Shark catchers out to sea after attack

2012-03-31 11:15

Sydney - The 4m shark believed to have killed Australian businessman Peter Kurmann on Saturday while he was diving with his brother near Busselton on the west coast may have been spotted.

A plane was ordered aloft after Gian Kurmann told authorities that at the time of the attack he saw a "4m, dark, shark-like shape" near their fishing boat in Geographe Bay, 230km south of Perth.

Kurmann dragged his 33-year-old brother back aboard but he was dead before their leisure vessel, reached Busselton.

"Today our family has suffered a terrible loss," Kurmann, 34, said in a statement. "We have lost a son, a brother, a husband and a wonderful father."

Department of fisheries regional manager Tony Cappelluti told Australian news agency AAP that he could not confirm the shark was a great white.

"We're not speculating about the species at all," he said. But he did say a spotter plane had identified a shark in the area and a boat with shark-catching gear had put to sea.

It was the fourth fatal shark attack on the west coast since September.

Bodyboarder Kyle Burden, 21, was killed near Bunker Bay in September. Local businessman Bryn Martin, 64, was killed while swimming off Perth's busy Cottesloe Beach in October. US citizen George Thomas Wainwright, 32, was fatally injured while scuba diving alone off Rottnest Island later that month.

In January, tour operator David Pickering, 26, survived an attack while snorkelling at Coral Bay.

Last year, around a quarter of the people killed by sharks anywhere in the world lost their lives on Australia's sparsely populated west coast.

The deaths prompted the West Australian state government to increase aerial shark patrols and sparked a debate about whether sharks numbers should be kept down.

Twelve people were killed by sharks around the world last year, three of them in Australia, which historically has recorded an average of just one death a year.

Over the same 12 months, estimates of the number of sharks killed by humans ranged from 30 million to 70 million.

  • Lucastra.khezz - 2012-03-31 11:32

    Hehehe,`a shark like`,its a shark and if u dont believe just do like ur brother.

  • Corne - 2012-03-31 11:40

    He was in the shark's territory, so?

      Phil - 2012-03-31 11:47

      Corne you are not the sharpest tool in the shed are you. The veld around Pretoria is undoubtedly the Lions "territory"...but we dont allow Lions to eat humans do we.

      Blink - 2012-03-31 12:35

      @Phil huh? 'we don't allow lions to eat humans do we'. So do you want to share your plan to 'not allow' sharks to eat humans with the rest of us please... clown.

      Phil - 2012-03-31 15:01

      Blink , I think for someone like you I would need to draw a picture ..but I will try to get the very simple message across: Shark attacks are on the increase , they are on the increase because for years sharks have been protected. There is also a double whammy in that the sea is being overfished ....more sharks , less shark food. Any plan would include removing or reducing protection of the beasts

      Blink - 2012-03-31 20:27

      Phil the reality is if you go for a swim in the sea there is a chance you could be attached by a shark. Do you want to grab crayons and serviette and draw that for us?

      adrian.strydom - 2012-04-01 04:52 are surmising and making irrational conclusions based on what you think is the reality. Having worked with the Natal Sharks Board I know the following: Shark numbers are on the DECREASE because of pollution and lack of food or their preferred prey all over the world. NOT once has it ever been proven that a shark becomes a man eater because it has tasted human flesh once. Sharks are generally scavengers and rid the sea of many dying, injured fish / animals. They are generally opportunistic hunters that WILL attack anything that they perceive as prey. If you think the shark attacked the man because of some 'hatred' for mankind then you are sorely mistaken. A shark's brain simply is not advanced or it's intelligence is not sufficient to reason that way. Don't believe what you saw in Jaws. The 'revenge' that these people now want by taking the shark's life is typically human. We will kill anything that we perceive as a threat..and if there are 20 sharks in that area they will kill them all...just to 'be sure.' This man was in the wrong place at the wrong's as simple as that. He was, or should have been, aware of the dangers. If he wasn't then he was not very intelligent.

  • mholthuysen - 2012-03-31 11:43

    Why would you want to harm the shark? If you walk with lions you get eaten by lions; if you swim or dive with sharks - you are in their territory - and if something happens - don't blame the shark!

      Shirley - 2012-03-31 11:56

      Alas, human greed and need to be master of all!

      Phil - 2012-03-31 15:03

      We have driven Lions out of "their territory" territory which we share with them. We live in the Lions "territory"

  • Shirley - 2012-03-31 11:44

    Mans arrogance is sad and maddening! Its the sharks territory-he was the guy was invading it and now the shark is to be hunted??? Something very wrong with human "intellegence"!!

  • hoyingomane - 2012-03-31 12:18

    Keep inland,problem solved.

  • Okkie - 2012-03-31 18:38

    us humans are depleting the oceans resources, its just a matter, so know the Aussies want to control the shark population, we are in their territory, if you dont want to become shark dinner dont swim in their kitchen, easy to solve the problem, but in true human style we now want to go and kill the sharks for trying to survive. The human race is a lost cause.

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