The government in Western Australia began a shark hunt this week north of the popular SUP and surf hot spot Margaret River. The government believes that since December 27 this same 9-12 foot great white shark was spotted at least five times near popular recreational beaches.

Last year there were six shark attacks in WA, five of them fatal, prompting the government to instate a measure allowing fisheries to hunt and kill any shark that posed an “imminent threat” to the population. This is the first time a shark has been hunted under the “proactive action” set by the government.