Esperance shark attack: Donations flood in to support Bunbury victim Sean Pollard

A SHARK conservationist has set up crowdfunding to aid the recovery of Bunbury surfer Sean "Polly" Pollard, the victim of a savage shark attack on Thursday which left him with part of both arms bitten off.

The campaign, which appears on crowdfunding website Indigogo, declares "let's show how much we really do care about people" and promises to direct the money toward the 23-year-old electrician's recovery. 

Over $3800 has already been raised since it launched on Thursday,  the same day Mr Pollard lost part of one arm and a hand during an attack while surfing near Esperance on the state's southeast coast. 

West Australia's Department of Fisheries responded by catching and killing two adult white pointers on drumlines.

The sharks measured up to 4.5 and three metres in length. 

The profile of Perth campaign creator Natalie Banks says she is "just a concerned citizen annoyed at the new initiatives the WA government has introduced against sharks."

Ms Banks was responsible for another campaign in December last year protesting the Barnett government's shark "bait and cull" drumline policy.

The policy was implemented in January despite public demonstrations nationwide. 

In a 13-week trial a total of 68 sharks were caught and shot off Perth and South West beaches. 

But the policy was scrapped after the state's Environmental Protection Authority advised against extending it last month. 

No drum lines were ever set near Wylie Bay, where the badly injured footballer fought his way 100 metres to shore before being pulled from the water by two saviors

The campaign's success follows an outcry of support for Mr Pollard from both the Esperance and Bunbury communities.

He has since undergone surgery in Perth and is believed to be recovering in high spirits surrounded by friends and family, including his partner Clare Oakford, who witnessed the attack.

To donate visit the crowdfunding page here. 


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