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Others described hearing a scream. Marlow—an Australian native who moved with her family to New Zealand five years ago, per the Australian—was alive when lifeguards recovered her around 5 pm local time but died at the scene. She suffered injuries to her legs, according to the Guardian.
“You hear about shark attacks, but never in a million years do you think it will be someone you know,” says an aunt of Marlow, per the New Zealand Herald. Researcher Kina Scollay says “sharks are reasonably common near all northern beaches of New Zealand” but “even species considered dangerous very rarely interact with swimmers,” per the BBC.
New Zealand’s last recorded shark attack was in 2018. It’s seen just 13 fatal attacks over the last 170 years, according to the country’s conservation department. A weeklong “rahui, a traditional Maori prohibition restricting access to an area,” is in place on the beach, per the BBC.
Edited via Newser.