The shark-stricken waters where two British backpackers were brutally worn down quickly become Australia's most dangerous tourist spot, according to locals, who fear that opportunistic predators are more aggressive than ever.
A commercial trout fisherman on the Great Barrier Reef, who says he is regularly besieged by the fierce animals, shared horrifying video to emphasize those fears.
In the incredible images, a madness of huge bull sharks – known for their aggressive nature – turning and turning as they chase the boat, preparing for killing.
The fisherman shared the clip with Daily Mail Australia after two British tourists were nearly killed by a shark while snorkeling in the Whitsundays – and said more attacks were inevitable.
Alistair Raddon, 28, had bit his right foot and Danny Maggs, 22, was beaten up on Tuesday morning.
Danny Maggs, 22, was drawn Tuesday morning while snorkeling in Whitsundays
Honestly circled a fishing boat, a madness of huge bull sharks prepares to kill
They were rushed to Mackay Base Hospital, where they are in a stable state, but said they were not good enough to talk to the media.
Sources told Daily Mail Australia that they had been moved to the same room together and talked about the ordeal.
The trout fisherman, who asked not to be mentioned, told Daily Mail Australia that the sharks in North Queensland & # 39; out of control & # 39; goods.
& # 39; When I go outside, I see dozens of bull sharks in a way I have never used before, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The numbers are getting out of hand, so attacks unfortunately don't stop. & # 39;
At some point in the video the fisherman dangles a dead fish in the sea and almost immediately a bull shark comes out of the depth and clicks on it.
Danny Maggs, 22, from Plymouth, is smiling and gives a & # 39; hang loose & # 39; hand gesture to the camera while being loaded into a helicopter after being bitten by a shark
Alistair Raddon uploaded this photo of himself who swam four days before he was attacked by the shark on the Great Barrier Reef
The trout fisherman, who asked not to be named, told Daily Mail Australia that the sharks in North Queensland & # 39; out of control & # 39; goods
& # 39; The bull sharks are very aggressive, & # 39; said the fisherman. & # 39; There are so many and sometimes they push the boat.
Several other fishermen said that more attacks on tourists are expected in the coming summer months, while thousands of backpackers from Europe and America come to the Great Barrier Reef.
Grunter McCormack, 45, the skipper of a boat fishing for coral trout, said he was not surprised by the recent attacks.
He told Daily Mail Australia: & I always see them, especially bull sharks. They come for the bait and then they get caught and we have to deal with it. They are everywhere here.
& # 39; My brother was bitten on the arm by a bull shark in the sea. He just stuck it and it went well, but he had a filthy scar. & # 39;
Fisherman Chris Woodward said that he has recently seen many sharks in the area.
& # 39; There are many and they can be very aggressive & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; The bull sharks are very aggressive, & # 39; said the fisherman. & # 39; There are so many and sometimes they push the boat
Grunter McCormack (photo), 45, the skipper of a boat fishing for coral trout, said he was not surprised by the recent attacks
Last month, more than 150 drum lines – bait hooks that stop shark attacks – were pulled from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park after the federal court ruled that killing the beasts was inhumane.
They were removed after the Humane Society nature conservation group had successfully challenged the shark control program in the federally controlled area.
But the latest attack has revived the debate about how to protect people from sharks in their habitat.
Fishermen say they should be considered in the Whitsundays to save tourists from even more savage attacks.
Commercial trout fisherman Kyle Black, 16, said that drum lines should be placed as quickly as possible.
& # 39; That's why it happens, they have to put drum lines in it. I see sharks all the time, "he told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; More attacks will occur this year if something is not done. & # 39;
Fisherman Chris Woodward said that he has recently seen many sharks in the area. & # 39; There are many and they can be very aggressive & # 39 ;, he said.
Commercial trout fisherman Kyle Black (photo), 16, said that drum lines should be placed as quickly as possible
Another fisherman, Travis Collins, also said he was not surprised by the attacks.
& # 39; I have seen so many sharks, I recently saw a few hammerhead sharks not far from the beach, & # 39; he said.
And it's not just commercial fishermen who are wary of the danger that sharks pose.
Former gas fitter Greg Phillips, 58, has been fishing for pleasure in the area all his life.
He told Daily Mail Australia that drum lines must be installed to protect tourists from attacks.
& # 39; They must install drum lines to disable the rogue sharks and stop the attacks, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; The drum lines are said to be aimed at the aggressive sharks that come close to the shore. You wouldn't have to kill much to stop the attacks.
& # 39; If they do not take action, I would say that we will see many more attacks happening this year.
& # 39; I really believe in conservation – and they should only focus on a certain number of sharks – but protecting people is also important. & # 39;
Former gas fitter Greg Phillips (photo), 58, has been fishing for pleasure in the area all his life
Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan believes that governments at all levels do not protect locals and tourists.
& # 39; We will make this happen more often until governments make public safety their first priority & # 39 ;, he said.
BULL SHARKS ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF
Bull sharks are considered opportunistic feeds.
It is thought that they will migrate to the Great Barrier Reef in warmer months.
Many consider the bull shark the most dangerous in the world because of its aggressive temperament.
On Tuesday, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Queensland, Mark Furner said that it & # 39; almost impossible & # 39; was to fight sharks in the Whitsundays.
He said that the area where tourists swim and snorkel is too large to police effectively.
But vice-opposition leader Tim Mander hurled the government to raise the drum lines.
& # 39; The government of Palaszczuk Labor has brought drum lines from North Queensland without plan B and left swimmers unprotected, & # 39; he said.
Mr. Maggs suffered serious injuries to his right calf during the attack, which happened while playing and & # 39; thrashing & # 39; was in the ocean with friend Alistair Raddon
On Wednesday afternoon, Mr Maggs from Plymouth and his friend Raddon from Southampton recovered well at Mackay Base Hospital.
Keith Maggs, Danny's father, said his son spent four hours on the operating table to perform the first repairs before going under the knife a second time.
Mr. Maggs said that his son, a plumber, called him in between operations and described his ordeal as & # 39; terrifying & # 39; and said he was happy that his injuries were not worse.
Danny & # 39; s grandfather, Terry, said: & # 39; He could have been killed. We all feel relieved that it wasn't worse.
& # 39; Danny qualified as a plumber in Plymouth and then went on a trip. He has been away from home for over a year and is working on the road. & # 39;
The attack took place at 10:17 am while the pair swam in the ocean off Hook Island, part of the Whitsunday Islands of Queensland, a popular tourist spot.
Both men took part in a snorkeling tour, with doctors saying they were playing and throwing into the water at that time.
Grant Bollington, who was part of the helicopter crew that flew the couple to the hospital, told the Queensland Times: & (39) (Alistair) said they were struggling in the water.
& # 39; He thought his partner grabbed his leg very hard and turned around and saw blood in the water. & # 39;
Mr Raddon (photo) had bit his right foot during the attack, which happened when he was fighting Mr Maggs in the water
Raddon let his right foot & # 39; amputated & # 39; when he was attacked by a shark while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Eastern Australia
Sanjeev Grewall, who was also part of the helicopter team, told how the men returned to their tour boat where their lives were probably saved by fast-thinking tourists who happened to be doctors.
He said the men – presumably to have been German or Belgian nationals – applied tourniquets to both victims who stopped the bleeding.
The two were then rushed back to Abel Point Marina on Airlie Beach, where their tour had departed, where they were met by ambulance personnel.
From there they were driven to the town of Proserpine, about 16 km away, where they were met by a medical helicopter and flown to Mackay Base Hospital.
Five other shark attacks have been committed in the Whitsundays region since September last year.
Victorian Daniel Christidis, 33, was fatally attacked in Cid Harbor last November while traveling with friends and colleagues.
That incident followed individual attacks within 24 hours in September in Cid Harbor on Tasmanian Justine Barwick and 12-year-old Victorian Hannah Papps.
In October 2018, a fisherman was bitten on his shoulder while dragging a reef shark into his boat.
Earlier this year, a man on the thigh was bitten on Hardy Reef, about 50 km northeast of Hamilton Island.
Recent shark attacks on the Whitsundays
September 19, 2018: Justine Barwick, 46, miraculously survived a horrible shark bite while swimming a charter yacht in Cid Harbor in the Whitsundays.
A passing yacht found the Tasmanian woman with life-threatening bites on her right thigh and helped her out of the water.
Justine Barwick, 46, survived a horrific shark bite while swimming a charter yacht in Cid Harbor in the Whitsundays in September last year
September 20, 2018: Hannah Papps, 12, from Melbourne, lost her leg after being bitten by a shark near Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays.
The young girl's thigh had a large piece of meat torn off by the shark at the popular tourist spot Cid Harbor.
Hannah was transported from the beach to Mackay Base Hospital by the CQ CareFlight paramedical staff.
Hannah Papps, 12, lost her leg after being bitten by shark near Cid Harbor on the Whitsundays, just one day after Mrs. Barwick in the same area (pictured with Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole)
November 7, 2018: Daniel Christidis, 33, was beaten to death by a shark in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island.
The emerging doctor was to participate in a five-day sailing vacation around the Whitsunday Islands when it was attacked at 5.30 p.m.
During the attack, the 33-year-old was bitten in the left thigh, right calf and left wrist, the last of which was reportedly wounded during the defense of the predator.
At that time there were more than a dozen yachts in the harbor and some tourists managed to save Mr. Christidis with their dinghy.
They brought him back to his own yacht, where most of the group had medical backgrounds, including two doctors, but they couldn't help him.
Daniel Christidis, 33, was beaten to death by a shark in Cid Harbor on Whitsunday Island
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