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Six sharks killed after an attack on the swimmers in the vicinity of the Great Barrier Reef

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Six sharks killed after attacks on two swimmers in a tourist destination in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

A 12-year-old girl and a 46-year-old woman were torn apart in separate incidents last week and remained in the hospital in stable condition, Sky News reports.

Drum lines, which use to bait hooks to catch the most feared predators, caught five tiger sharks, that was 12 metres long, the Queensland authorities with each other said.

Fisheries Queensland told the Week uk the sharks had been “humane and painless” and “the sea for disposal.” However, local media said they were shot dead, the Daily Mail reports.

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“The message is that these waters are not safe to swim,” a fisheries spokeswoman told the Week uk

The drumlines were reportedly remains in place during the following week, although consevationists say the lines pose a risk to other marine flora and fauna.

According to Australian broadcaster ABC, the two recent shark attacks were the first in eight years.

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