The person’s surfboard has been found, but he was not found, police said in the statement.
After the attack, authorities received a public report about a shark on the beach, the DPIRT said. The species is unknown.
The beaches in the area are closed. Water police are conducting sea search and rescue operations, with additional ships assisting.
There have been at least six deadly shark attacks on the country’s beaches this year, according to an Australian shark attack file from Australia’s Daronga Conservation Society. There were no shark attacks in Australia last year, and only one in 2018, according to the community database.
Meguan said the state’s southern coast, especially near Esperance, is a breeding ground for sharks like the big whites.
About 720 kilometers (447 miles) southeast of Perth, the state capital of Esperance, is a popular diving destination.
There have been numerous shark attacks near Esperance in recent years – especially in 2017, when 17-year-old Laticia Brewer was killed while browsing with her father.
There have been numerous attacks in recent months in other Australian states, including Queensland, New South Wales, and Tasmania.
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