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Great White shark bites surfer in half

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WEDGE ISLAND, AUSTRALIA -

Authorities in Australia are on the hunt for a Great White shark that killed a surfer off the southwest coast.

Beaches are still closed along the popular surfing stretch, while a boat scoured the ocean for the shark that killed 24-year-old Benjamin Charles Linden.

Linden was surfing with a friend south of Wedge Island on Saturday when he was attacked and reportedly bitten in half by what was described as a "massive" Great White shark.

"Yeah, (it's a) huge surprise. I don't think anyone expects a shark attack at Wedge Island. I suppose people that come to Wedge this is their safe place I suppose where they get away from all the action in the city," said Tim Hancock, a local surfer.  "A lot of fine weather I think, super clear water and probably more people in the water. There's no more surfing by yourself up here anymore. Yeah, solo surfs I think are finished now. A thing of the past, for me anyway."

Whalebone Classic Longboard Surfing competition organizer Peter Dunn says,  "It is just a tragic loss. It'll never stop surfers from going in the water. Once you are a surfer - and only a surfer knows the feeling - we cannot stop surfing. We are addicted."

Linden was the fifth person killed by a shark off the southwest coast in less than a year.  His remains have yet to be recovered.

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