Man dies from shark attack at Australia's Great Barrier Reef

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Queensland won't reintroduce drumlines to the Whitsundays area despite a third shark attack in two months.

"That is a safety strategy, trying to warn people of the issues in the area and to provide messaging to people who may not be aware of what happened in Cid Harbour yesterday and September", Insp O'Connell said.

"The RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter airlifted the man to Mackay Base Hospital, but due to substantial blood loss and severe injuries, the man sadly died after arrival there", the police report added.

The latest attack comes after a woman and young girl were both bitten by sharks while swimming in waters in Cid Harbour two months ago.

James Cook University shark researcher Professor Colin Simpfendorfer said it was hard to understand why the attacks have happened because there has been little research on shark behaviour in the Whitsundays.

"CPR was ongoing for a very long time and every solid effort was made to save that man's life", Mr O'Connell said.

"The Whitsundays, there hasn't been a lot of shark research done in that area".

The Whitsunday Islands region around Cid Harbour is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia, with more than 750,000 local and worldwide visitors a year.

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"During this holiday period, we urge people to exercise caution, stay out of the water and not throw food scraps overboard from boats", the department said.

"It sounds to me that the animal came back or stuck around, so to me, that's more than an investigatory bite", she said. The scene is what you would imagine a shark attack to be like.

They were temporarily put in place after the first two attacks but won't be again, the state government says.

An aspiring Melbourne cancer specialist has been remembered as a rare individual of great promise, following his death from a shark attack in Queensland's Whitsundays region.

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the government was committed to working with industry representatives and the local community.

"We can't be clearer - don't swim in Cid Harbour", he said, according to the news outlet.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the meeting, which will be held on Friday, would enable local industry representatives and officials to sit down directly with experts.

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