Shark Attack Victim From The United States Identified

In this Aug. 31, 2011 photo provided by the Monterey Bay Aquarium, a Male juvenile white shark swims in The Open Sea exhibit at the aquarium.  (AP photo/Monterey Bay Aquarium, Randy Wilder)

A shark attack victim killed in Australia while scuba diving has been identified, according to CNN.

George Thomas Wainwright, 32, of Texas, died while scuba diving with two friends near Rottnest Island in Western Australia state. He was identified by his mother, Sharon, of Panama City, Fla.

Police officials said that Wainwright’s friends noticed a high amount of bubbles rising to the surface where he was diving, followed by blood.

State officials are working hard to locate the shark that killed the American tourist and has closed off Rottnest Island beaches in the meantime.

"There's six lines. Each of those lines contain one large shark hook and will be baited, and we will attempt to take a shark that's still in the vicinity," Department of Fisheries spokesman Tony Cappelluti told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. "Those lines will be set at the scene of the attack in the vicinity of the attack and we'll see how we go - probably reassess that somewhere around midday."

Western Australian premier Colin Barnett is considering shark culls in the future, but is cautious on implementing such measures.

"We'll certainly look at that as a government, but I don't think we [should] rush into that. We'll look at the situation very carefully," he said.

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