Fatal shark attack on popular beach near Auckland

Great white sharkDetails are still emerging of a fatal shark attack at Muriwai beach west of Auckland.

One person was killed and pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are reported to have discharged a firearm multiple times during the rescue attempt.

The beach has been closed until further notice.


Selected media coverage

Shark attack at Muriwai – NZ Herald News
Shark in fatal attack likely a Great White – expert | TVNZ
Fatal shark attack at Muriwai Beach – 3 News
Radio New Zealand News : Shark kills person at Muriwai Beach
Shark Attacks Kills Person at Auckland’s Muriwai Beach | Stuff.co.nz


Map of shark attacks – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand (historical data not including most recent incidents)
White sharks: resource page – NIWA
Simple ways to avoid shark attacks – Bay of Plenty Times
Shark Attack File – User-generated global database of publicly-recorded shark attacks

Previous shark attacks

Shark attacks diver in Fiordland – The Press (Jan 2013)
Surfer bitten in leg while trying to fight off shark – NZ Herald (March 2012)
Great white shark mauled kayaker after capsize – NZ Herald (2012 article, referring to Dec 2009 incident)