Shark kills surfer off Western Australia, authorities say

A shark killed a surfer Saturday morning in Western Australia, prompting closure of a number of beaches, authorities said.

Other surfers found the victim along the beach near Gracetown, about 150 miles south of Perth, missing an arm and with bites on his leg, PerthNow reported.

No one saw the attack, but the injuries were consistent with a shark attack, Western Australia state police spokesman Samuel Dinnison told The Associated Press. 

The victim was believed to have been in his 20s and to have been surfing alone, PerthNow reported.

The West Australian said that a great white was blamed for the attack and that the Department of Fisheries issued a capture order for it.

It was the first shark death in Australia in 2013, the West Australian said. It was the third shark fatality on that stretch of coast in 10 years, WAToday reported.

Each year, about 100 shark attacks are reported worldwide, according to Shark Attack File. Before Saturday’s incident, according to that site’s count, sharks had been blamed in the deaths of at least 13 people worldwide in 2013, though some of the victims might have been bitten after their deaths.