Father Killed By Shark While Diving With Daughter

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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I went back and forth on whether I was going to write about this post. I am sure many of you have heard about it by now. However, it is a very difficult post to write and shockingly tragic. On Saturday, a 20 year old woman was diving for scallops with her father, off the coast of Tasmania, an island state off the coast of Australia. The father and daughter were diving in the Maria and Lachlan Islands, areas which are reported to be very popular with amateur divers for scallop diving and very ‘unusual’ location to spot sharks, especially large sharks. Scallop season is very popular in the area, and the season recently opened on July 2, 2015. Reports indicate that the daughter swam to the boat with scallops, and then the daughter stated she became worried when her father did not come to the surface after her. She went back down to look for him and that’s when she saw him being attacked by a large shark. She went to the boat and set off a large flare and also called officials. Fisherman on a nearby boat came to help her, but by the time they pulled the father up using his air hose, he was fatally injured. Maria Island local ranger Peter Lingard confirmed a man in his 40’s died from a shark attack, but that they had not confirmed what type of shark. There will be an investigation by the coroner. There has also been confirmation that there was a report made of a 15 foot Great White Shark which was seen in the area on Friday. However, officals have stressed how unusual this occurance was. The last reported fatal shark attack in Tasmania was in 1993, when a woman was swimming near a seal colony. My thoughts go out for this woman and her family. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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