UPDATE @ January 11: It’s been revealed that the creature behind what was first thought to be a ‘shark attack’ at Hamilton Island, was actually a suspected toadfish.
A 60-year-old woman and nine-year-old girl were swimming in shallow water at Catseye Beach around 9.30am on Thursday, when they were bitten by what was initially reported to have been a shark.
The youngster sustained significant foot injuries and was taken to Proserpine Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.
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The woman was treated at the Hamilton Island Medical Centre for lacerations to her leg, however she did not require transport to hospital.
According to Hamilton Island CEO Glenn Bourke, the culprit for the attack is now being attributed to a toadfish.
“Toad fish are known to frequent the waters of the Whitsundays, are often aggressive and are sometimes called “toe” fish as they occasionally attack feet and toes, usually only if provoked,” Mr Bourke said.
“While we can’t be unequivocal and say it definitely wasn’t a shark, it was only a fish that was 50 centimetres long and the kind of bite marks led us to probably believe it wasn’t done by a shark and was probably done by a toadfish.”
EARLIER @ January 10: A woman and child have been bitten by a shark whilst swimming at Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the young girl and woman were attacked in shallow water at Catseye Beach around 9.30am.
The pair were taken to the Hamilton Island Medical Centre where they were treated by paramedics.
The youngster, believed to be around primary school age, sustained significant foot injuries and has been taken by boat to Proserpine Hospital for further treatment.
She is in a stable condition.
The woman did not require transport to hospital.
#Whitsundays – Two shark bites have been reported in shallow beach water at a location off Resort Drive at 9:29am. Two patients are being treated at Hamilton Island Medical Centre. One patient sustained a foot injury and the second patient a leg injury. pic.twitter.com/PzZU0xQdZM
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) January 10, 2019
EARLIER: PARAMEDICS are currently responding to reports two people have been bitten by a shark at Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays.
A Queensland Ambulance spokesperson said the two people are believed to have been bitten whilst swimming in shallow beach water at a location off Resort Drive around 9.30am.
The pair are currently being treated at the Hamilton Island Medical Centre.
One has sustained a foot injury, whilst the other is understood to have a leg injury.
More to come.