'Shark rider' recovering after attack off WA island

The man, who was on a fishing charter trip, was given first aid after the attack by a Lemon shark.

'Shark rider' recovering after attack off WA island

A man who previously called himself a "shark rider" is recovering in hospital after he was seriously injured in an attack on Western Australia's Pilbara coast.

Aaron Moir, 32, arrived at Royal Perth Hospital late last night after being flown in from Exmouth in a serious but stable condition.

He was on a fishing charter trip near Varanus Island, about 120km west of Karratha, when the attack happened just after 8am.

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It then took a 15-hour boat ride to get the injured Mr Moir back to shore, with others in his fishing group giving him first aid along the way.

Mr Moir is in a stable condition in Royal Perth Hospital with three bite marks, understood to be on his back, leg and stomach.

Mr Moir's mother said her son was in good spirits.

'Shark rider' recovering after attack off WA island

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development believes it was a lemon shark that attacked Mr Moir, unusual for a species that is not typically aggressive.

Mr Moir has previously called himself "the shark rider".

In 2014, he was filmed jumping on a hammerhead shark, an action that experts and his employer condemned.

Lemon Shark

At the time, Mr Moir admitted his actions were stupid, but said he'd do it again.

"I don't have much experience with great whites at all, so I'd love to jump in with one of them, but I'll wait till I know a bit more about them," he said in 2014.

The latest incident, which has been reported to Worksafe, has prompted a warning from conservationists to treat all sharks with care.

Officers are conducting enquiries before launching their own investigation.

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UK could hit 40C soon due to climate change, report says

Summer temperatures in Britain were likely to hit 40C in the coming years, even if the world meets its goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, science report says.

UK could hit 40C soon due to climate change, report says

Britain has become wetter and warmer as a result of climate change, with the country's 10 hottest years in more than a century occurring since 2002, a report by leading meteorologists said Thursday.

The annual "State of the UK Climate" report, published in the International Journal of Climatology, said 2020 was the fifth wettest and third warmest year on record stretching back to the 19th century. Last year's average winter temperature was 5.3C, 1.6C higher than the 1981 to 2010 average.

The summer temperature was 0.4 degrees above average at 14.8C, with temperatures hitting 34C for six consecutive days in August 2020.

The report said summer temperatures in Britain were likely to hit 40C in the coming years, even if the world meets its goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels.

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The highest temperature ever recorded in the UK is 38.7C, registered in Cambridge in July 2019.

Liz Bentley, chief executive of the Royal Meteorological Society, said the world was already seeing extreme heat as a result of warming of 1.1 to 1.2C above pre-industrial levels.

"We're likely to see 40 Celsius in the UK, although we have never seen those kinds of temperatures (before)," Bentley said. "As we hit 1.5 Celsius of global warming, that's going to not just become something that we see once or twice, it'll start to become something that we see on a much more regular basis."

Met Office climate scientist Mike Kendon, the report's lead author, said the figures indicated a new normal for the UK, a country famous for its fickle weather.

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"In seven out of the last 10 years, we've seen temperatures of 34C in the UK compared to seven out of the previous 50 years before that," he said. "So this is an indication of the fact that our baseline of our climate is changing, and what we regard as normal is changing."

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