Simon Nellis, 35, an RAF veteran from Cornwall who moved to Australia was killed on Wednesday by a 13-foot shark and his family said he didn’t want the animal to be harmed. extermination
The grieving family of a British swimmer killed by a 13-foot great white shark in Australia has said he does not want the animal to be killed.
Australian authorities are conducting a manhunt for Wednesday’s shark attack kill Simon Nellis35 years old, and it has led to Sydney beaches being closed as a precaution.
That is Fatal to a shark for the first time in nearly 60 years in the area and horrified onlookers watched from the beach as the predator leaped from the water.
Blank ropes, used as bait for the sharks, have been set up near the attack site while drones have been deployed as officials search in case the shark is still in the area. area.
A video shared online shows a shark attacking a person Wednesday afternoon off Little Bay beach, about 12 miles south of Australia’s largest city and near the entrance to Botany Bay.
Simon Nellist, a former RAF pilot, was doing swimming training in the Malabar ocean when he was attacked, according to Australian media reports.
He grew up in Penzance, Cornwall, but after doing two tours in Afghanistan, he moved to Australia and married his “dream girl” Jessica Ho.
One animal lover, 62-year-old aunt Jacqui Seager, said he did not want the shark to be destroyed now.
“I don’t think Simon would want the shark killed. He loves nature,” she said, reporting Daily mail.
“He’s swam with sharks before. It’s not the first time he’s gone out and seen them but he’s still going swimming. It’s brave. I don’t think he ever thought they would. hurt him. Sadly, this time it worked to get to him.”
She tells how he goes swimming most days and that the family is now ruined, claiming that his parents “will never get over this, because this is what you keep.” with me for the rest of my life.”
Ms. Seager emphasized: “Simon has always loved the sea. He has always been very close to it. He loves wildlife and the world. He has a real love for nature. He is a man. very kind and caring, just loves life he is a strong guy and has done two tours of afghanistan his mother says how can he come back from the front lines without hurt to then go to Australia, go swimming and get killed.”
Similarly, a friend, Della Ross, told 7NEWS after the attack: “Everything connected to Simon is connected to the ocean.
“The news hit us like a truck because he’s one of the people who make this earth lighter.”
Meanwhile, one shark expert said he was appalled by the “severity and intensity” of the tragedy in Sydney – saying it was pointless to kill the animal now.
Marine biologist Larry Chlebeck said he thinks the shark may have mistook him for a seal and calls for its destruction are misinformed and pointless.
“The shark involved is most likely a great white fish, a highly migratory species and will be hundreds of kilometers away. It won’t be used to human taste, that’s a myth,” he said. he said.
“Most likely disappointed that it wasn’t sealed. If it was found and killed, there would be no benefit to anyone involved other than the mentality of the ignorant.”
Mr Chlebeck – who has a postgraduate degree working with sharks – also spoke about why the deadly attack, the first of its kind to happen in Sydney in nearly 60 years, was so unusual.
He said: “I am shocked and saddened and my heart breaks for the victims and their families.
“Although tragic, these incidents are extremely rare. The majority of them were one and had completed the bite and were also not fatal.
“Even among shark bites, it is unusual in its intensity and severity.
“Honestly, 99,999 times out of 100,000 sharks ignore or are deterred by human presence. We are no ordinary prey.
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