Below the surface: reports of rising shark attacks don’t tell the whole story


Fatal shark encounters in Australia are higher than ever. But does that mean the seas are no longer safe?

Call it pessimism or a remarkable sixth sense, but Chantelle Doyle always had a feeling that a shark was going to bite her one day – and she was proved right.

One morning in August 2020, while surfing off Port Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia, the 35-year-old was paddling out when a 2.5m juvenile great white shark launched itself at her. It knocked her off her board and clamped on to her leg, readjusting its grip three times.

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