• Shark sightings shutdown Australian beaches

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    SYDNEY: Four beaches on Australia’s east coast were closed Sunday after numerous shark sightings, police said, as authorities patrolled waters off a southern island following a fatal attack on a diver a day earlier. New South Wales police said the beaches at Ballina — where a bodyboarder was severely injured by a shark earlier this month and a Japanese surfer was killed in February — would be closed for 24 hours. “About 9.30 a.m. a large shark was spotted swimming about 50 meters off Angels beach,” police said in a statement, adding that there were other sightings. “It is believed the presence of baitfish has attracted large sharks to the area.” Surf Life Saving NSW said aerial, jet ski and boat patrols were being conducted off Ballina, a popular tourist spot about 740 kilometers north of Sydney.

    AFP

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