Western Australian shark woes grow with latest encounter
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 September, 2016 - Yallingup in the south west of Western Australia has issued a shark warning after a surfer was knocked off his board by a suspected great white at Injidup Beach.
While some reports say Fraser Penman, from Perth, was thrown into the air during the encounter, he did not sustain any injuries. The only damage was to his surfboard and Penman made it to shore with the help of a well-timed wave and his younger brother who was nearby.
Surf Lifesaving WA tweeted the shark involved in the encounter could have been a Great White: A shark possibly a Great White has charged surfers in the water, no injuries. Injidup Beach, south of Yallingup.— Surf Life Saving WA (@SLSWA)
“Scariest moment of my life, yet walked away intact with nothing but a smashed board,” Fraser Penman posted on Facebook. "The biggest thank you to my lil brother Logan for instantly paddling across yelling 'punch it' and throwing me his board - saving my life. “
The Department of Fisheries says officers will conduct patrols there on Tuesday morning and continue to monitor the area while south of Injidup Beach down at Kelp Beds Beach near Esperance there was another shark sighting.
Western Australia has reported more than 60 shark sightings in recent weeks. The Department of Fisheries reported what it called "an unprecedented number of sightings over a sustained period of time and in a small stretch of water."
In March of this year Matthias Bache went missing after cliff diving in the same area.