A surfer in Australia was attacked while walking his dog on a beach in a rare case of a shark attacking a human in public.
According to a statement released by the Queensland Department of Parks and Wildlife, an unknown white shark swam into the water and attacked the dog on Sunday afternoon.
“We are incredibly grateful for the quick response from the public and emergency services to assist the local community and the local police, who responded quickly and decisively to this incident,” a department spokesperson said.
“The dog was treated by emergency medical staff at the scene and was discharged without further incident.”
A large shark was also seen swimming away in the waters around the beach, and a man was also attacked by another shark.
It’s believed the dog may have been attacked from the sea, but there was no evidence of a bite.
Queensland Department of Agriculture and Water Resources spokesman Paul Gurney said the state’s shark populations have been steadily declining since the late 1980s.
“This incident is one of the largest shark attacks in Queensland’s history,” Mr Gurnee said.
“This is one example of how we can control the number of sharks in our waters and the effectiveness of our measures.”
The man who was bitten suffered minor injuries, and the dog was taken to a nearby hospital for observation.
Queenland is one the states that is considered the most shark-friendly in the country.
In 2013, a shark was spotted attacking a kayaker off the coast of Darwin.
A surfer was attacked in a popular area of Townsville by a large white shark.
The man, who was not identified, was treated at the hospital for a minor bite to his right arm.