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OVER 80% SAY NO TO SHARK CULLING

While new research has revealed that more than 80% of Ballina residents are opposed to shark culling, as a solution to attacks. The study, conducted by the University of Sydney, found the majority of the 500 locals surveyed want to see the government conduct more research into shark encounters. 23% want to see an investment in new non-lethal technologies. While, 55% of those surveyed believe the attacks were “accidental”. (NO AUDIO)

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FIRST SHARKS TAGGED ON FAR NORTH COAST

The first Great White sharks have been tagged on the Far North Coast as part of the state government’s shark tagging program. Two 2.2-metre female sharks were caught, tagged and released off Ballina yesterday, allowing researchers to track their movements over the coming months. Researchers hope to tag more sharks over the next few weeks.

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BALLINA SHARK ATTACK: BEACHGOERS WARNED TO STAY OUT OF WATER

Beachgoers on NSW far north coast have been warned to stay out of the water after a body boarder was attacked by a shark at Ballina. The 32-year-old was in the water at Lighthouse Beach with two mates when the shark struck around 10am. He suffered injuries to his legs. He was treated for nearly an hour and half at the beach, before being airlifted to Gold Coast Hospital. Surf Life saving NSW has tweeted, “All beachgoers near Ballina: Due to the suspected shark attack at Ballina please stay out of the water”. It’s the second attack at Lighthouse Beach in seven years. A 16-year-old body boarder died after being attacked by a shark there in April 2008. Earlier this year a surfer died at nearby Shelley Beach after being bitten, by what was thought to be a Great White.

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