Beaches remained closed on Sunday along Australia’s west coast after a fatal shark attack that has reignited debate over whether great whites should remain a protected species.
He was surfing near Wedge Island, north of Perth, with a friend when he was mauled by the huge shark, said to be up to five metres (16 feet) long.
A man jet-skiing near him said it was a gruesome scene, with “half a torso” all that remained of Linden.
Surfers said they had noticed a large shark in the vicinity in the previous few days and nicknamed it “Brutus” due to its large size.
Local marine scientists have described Australia’s west coast as the deadliest shark attack zone in the world and Western Australia Fisheries Minister Norman Moore expressed concern at the trend of fatalities.
“We have allocated some $14 million extra to get a better understanding of the great white sharks and the reasons why the fatalities are occurring,” he told reporters.
“I wonder if research might tell us that there are now much greater number of great whites than ever before, and maybe we should look at whether they should remain a protected species.