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Stanley predator identified

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It's been confirmed, the shark which pulled a 10-year-old boy from a boat near Tasmania's Stanley earlier this month, was a great white shark.

On July 17, Lucas Arnott was with his dad and a couple of friends onboard their six metre fishing vessel, when the shark leapt up and dragged him into the water around five kilometres offshore from the Circular head town.

Lucas' dad jumped into the water which caused the shark to swim away.

North West Regional hospital treated the boy who was then transferred to Launceston, he received wounds to his arm, chest and head.

In a statement released via Tasmania Police, the family says "CSIRO marine scientists have examined the life jacket and have concluded that the damage is consistent with a white shark, with total length approximately 3.6-3.7 metres."

"This has been a traumatic event for the boy and his family, and they are thankful for the continued privacy they are being afforded to enable their son to fully recover."

"Whilst this has been an extraordinary event, it highlights the importance of wearing a well maintained and correctly fitted life jacket as that, combined with the bravery of his father, helped save the boy’s life."