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According to an April 3 article on CBS News.com, a 63-year-old woman was killed by a shark while swimming off the coast of Australia. Christine Armstrong was swimming with her husband and group of friends but had slightly gotten away from the group when she was attacked.

The swimmers were swimming a familiar route used by locals at Tathra. The Tathra Wharf to Waves competition, in which the swimmers swim from the wharf to the coast and back, happens annually in the summer. The locals normally swim from the beach to the wharf and back, and this was the first shark attack reported at Tathra. Armstrong had been swimming at this beach for 14 years.

There has been an exponential increase in shark attacks off the coast of Australia since 1970, according to ABC News. Australia recently adopted a very controversial shark culling program.

You can view the attached video which discusses various tips on how to react self-defensively if being attacked by a shark.

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