On 14 July 2012, 24-year-old-surfer Benjamin Linden was killed by a great white shark - the fifth fatal shark attack off Western Australia in less than a year.
This new attack has prompted calls for a shark cull. The state’s fisheries minister Norman Moore has suggested that the shark’s status as a protected species should be lifted, which would mean that any threatening sharks could be hunted.
According to experts, however, the spate of attacks is probably due to the rising human population, as well as busier beaches and an increasing popularity of water sports. Dr Bob Hueter, director of the Mote Marine Laboratory's Center for Shark Research in Sarasota, Florida says that it’s people’s behaviour, not the sharks themselves, that need to be managed.
What do you think? Should there be a cull of sharks in this area?