A timeline of shark attacks on WA beaches

A timeline of shark attacks on WA beaches.
A timeline of shark attacks on WA beaches.

December 29, 2014: Police confirm a deceased male found in the water near Albany had an injury consistent with a shark bite on his body.

November 29, 2014: A teenage Mandurah surfer has described how he cycled home to his parents after he was attacked by a shark off Port Bouvard. Cameron Pearman said he saw the shark just before it attacked and was lucky to escape with just minor injuries.

October 31, 2014: Some incredible photos emerge of an Esperance surfer's close encounter with a shark at a local beach on September 21. Tasmanian tourist Frits de Bruyn snapped these photos of lone surfer Andy Johnston who was approached by a shark after failing to return to shore.

October 1, 2014: Bunbury's Sean Pollard suffered severe injuries in a savage shark attack at Wylie Bay in Esperance. Despite having part of both of his arms bitten off in a shark attack Mr Pollard still managed to swim up to 100-metres before being pulled out of the water by two men. 

September 11, 2014: The Environmental Protection Authority recommended against the WA government implementing its shark kill zones for the next three summers and Premier Colin Barnett ruled out using drum lines this coming summer.

March 29, 2014:  Local man Michael McGregor went missing while diving with friends near Mandurah. His body was found a few days later with shark bites on it. It is not known whether the man was killed by a shark, or whether the bites occurred after the man's death.

March 11, 2014: The Environmental Protection Authority decided not to assess the state government's shark drum line program as the authority said it was not expected to have a significant environmental impact.

February 1, 2014: About 6000 people converged on Cottesloe Beach for a second time to protest the state government's shark policy.

January 26, 2014: The first shark was killed as part of the state government's shark kill zones policy.

January 25, 2014:  West Australia's first drumlines were set as part of the shark kill zones policy in the South West by a commercial fisherman who won the contract to deploy and monitor them in that area.

January 4, 2014: More than 4000 people gathered at Cottesloe Beach to protest the WA government's new policy, which involved the introduction of shark kill zones. Conservationists and some politicians labeled the policy as nothing more than a "shark cull".

December 10, 2013: The West Australian government announced a new policy which would see shark-killing zones established off beaches in Perth and the state's South West.

November 23, 2013: Surfer Chris Boyd, 35, was killed by a shark in the waters off Gracetown in WA's South West. The fisheries department issued an imminent threat order for the shark, saying there was a threat of more attacks in the area.

October 9, 2013: A catch-and-kill order issued the day prior for the shark responsible for the attack on Greg Pickering was cancelled after no shark was sighted or caught. 

October 8, 2013: Diver Greg Pickering was attacked by a shark about 180 kilometres east of Esperance. Mr Pickering was bitten on the leg by a shark in 2004.

April 2, 2013: There were fears a shark may have attacked 24-year-old Martin Tann who disappeared from Mullaloo Beach.

January 9, 2013: The first catch-and-kill order for a shark was made after repeated sightings of a large great white shark along Dunsborough beaches. 

January 5, 2013: A diver was bitten twice on the leg by a hammerhead shark 40 kilometres north of Dampier.

November 27, 2012: The WA Fisheries Department publicly released guidelines as to the circumstances in which it would kill a shark it believed posed a risk to humans. 

August 28, 2012: Jon Hines, a 34-year-old surfer, survived a shark attack at a popular surf spot at Red Bluff, near Quobba Station, on the WA coast.

July 14, 2012: Passionate young surfer Ben Linden was killed by a great white shark off Wedge Island, near Lancelin, north of Perth.

June 20, 2012: Surf ski paddler Martin Kane, in his 50s, was tipped out of his craft by a three-metre shark at Mullaloo beach in Perth's north.

March 31, 2012: Peter Kurmann, 33, died after an attack while diving off Stratham Beach, between Busselton and Bunbury. The wife and brother of shark victim Pete Kurmann described him as a devoted and fun-loving family man.

Oct 22, 2011: George Thomas Wainwright, a 32-year-old man from the US, was killed after being bitten by a great white shark while diving off Rottnest Island.

October 10, 2011: Bryn Martin, 64, was likely taken by a great white shark after he was last seen about 350 metres from the shore heading out to sea on his daily swim at Cottesloe Beach.

September 4, 2011: Kyle James Burden, 21, was killed while on his body board at Bunker Bay, near Dunsborough.

October 30, 2010: A tour guide working for a dolphin encounter company was bitten by a shark near Garden Island.

August 17, 2010: Nick Edwards died after a shark attacked him while he was surfing near Gracetown.

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