Australia is considering a shark cull after the death of a teenage surfer.

Laeticia Brouwer was on a family holiday at Kelp Beds in the south coast of Western Australia, when she was attacked by a shark.

Her father was surfing with her and brought her to the shore after the attack but she had lost a leg and she died of her injuries.

Following the attack, environment minister, Josh Frydenberg said: “In light of the recent shark attack, the Commonwealth would welcome any proposal to protect human life first and foremost.

“This could include the newest drum line technology, shark exclusion nets, culling or other measures which WA sees fit.”

It is the third deadly attack in the same area in 12 months and there have been reports on government website Shark Smart WA that there has been a great white shark spotted in the area.

Wylie Bay beach where the attack took place has been closed until further notice and people have been warned to stay out of the water.

Australia mulls shark cull