A surfer has lost part of his leg in a shark attack off Western Australia

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A surfer has lost part of his leg in a shark attack near Mandurah, Western Australia.

The man, who according to local reports is in his 20s, was attacked while surfing at Falcon, about 80km south of Perth.

People on the beach rushed to a nearby cafe to get ice to treat the wound, which according to a reporter on the scene was below the knee.

PerthNow reports a 3.5m great white was seen earlier in the day in the area, 1.8km offshore. The species involved in the attack is not yet known.

Western Australia saw nine fatal shark attacks between 2010 and 2014. The state government experimented with a controversial baiting and culling policy for great whites over 3m long, but it was dumped after researchers found there was too much uncertainty over how the policy would affect the local shark population.

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