Surfer Killed by Shark in Australia

A surfer has died after being attacked by a shark off Australia's southwestern coast.

Officials were unclear what type of shark the Australian man encountered, though great white sharks are common on the coast.

Police tell The Associated Press the 31-year-old man was surfing alone in the early morning on a beach near Gracetown, about 175 miles from Perth, when the attack occurred.

He received life-threatening injuries and later died at a hospital.

Phil Shaw, regional manager of the state Department of Fisheries, says officers are trying to determine what type of shark was involved, if the shark is still in the area and whether it continues to pose a risk.

In 2004, another local surfer died after a shark attack off a Gracetown beach, AP reports.

This summer, great white sharks off the coast of Cape Cod have prompted a number of warnings for Massachusetts beachgoers. One 14-foot great white even made its way into the harbor in the town of Chatham.

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