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Réunion Island plans to kill a total of 90 bull and tiger sharks

According to a report from Surfer magazine government officials of France’s Réunion Island have released a plan in response to a spate of fatal shark attacks. There have been five fatal attacks in Réunion’s waters since 2011, including two fatalities in the past 4 months this year.

The government plan includes a call for 90 sharks to be killed, between now and October 1, as part of a “scientific ciguatera program to assess the marketing objectives of sharks in Réunion Island.” Ciguatera is foodborne illness associated with eating fish at the top of their food chain. GrindTV reports that the plan specifically will target 45 tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) and 45 bull sharks (Carcharhinus leucas). The article also points out that the ciguatera program could be perceived as an attempt to mask the shark cull under the guise of science.
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Video: tiger shark tries to snatch fisherman’s tuna

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YouTube user Isaac Brumaghim caught a “surprise attack” by what appears to be a tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier), who tried to grab the fisherman’s hooked tuna. The video was shot off of Oahu, Hawaii near Waianae on Sunday, according to a WPTV.com report. Brumaghim captured the event with a GoPro camera he had mounted on his kayak.

Kill order placed on great white shark in Western Australia

The first specific order to catch and kill a great white shark is making headlines in Western Australia. The order was made in response to multiple sightings of a white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) reported in the waters off of Dunsborough, WA over the past several days. The kill order is part of a new set of guidelines intended to reduce shark attacks in Western Australia. The policy introduced late last year, after a series of fatal shark attacks in 2011 and 2012. This is the first instance of an order to kill a specific shark (or sharks), since the guidelines were introduced.

WA Today reports that lines were initially set on Sunday with the intent of catching the great white shark (or sharks) seen in the Dunsborough area. A white shark was spotted as recently as yesterday afternoon in the area. According to the WA Today report, two tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier) were caught as part of the effort. The tiger sharks, which measured 1.8m and 2m in length, were released according to Fisheries Department spokesperson Tony Cappelluti, who said the tiger sharks weren’t considered to be the “high hazard.” The lines were removed on Tuesday night, but Cappelutti went on to say that Fisheries Department officers would continue monitoring the area throughout the week to assess whether any further attempts to set lines will be made.

Great white sharks are a protected species in Australian waters.

Video: attempted tiger shark cannibalism

Vimeo user CaptainCankles posted the above video, which, according to the video description, shows a 15′ tiger shark (Galeocerdo cuvier) apparently attempting to eat a smaller 7′ tiger shark. The smaller of the two sharks had been hooked by a fisherman prior to the event. The larger shark appears to spit out the smaller shark at the end of the video.