Kelly Slater calls for sharks to be culled at popular surfing spot

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Eleven-time world surfing champion Kelly Slater has called for sharks to be culled at a popular Indian Ocean surfing spot after a high number of deaths.

According to The West, in the past six years 20 people have died from sharks attacks near Reunion Island.

In a post on Instagram, Mr Slater told his 1.9 million followers that "there needs to be a serious cull on Reunion [Island] and it should happen every day."

"If the whole world had these rates of attack nobody would use the ocean and literally millions of people would be dying like this," he says.

Reunion Island is located in the Indian Ocean and sits between Madagascar and Mauritius off the west coast of Africa.

In 2015, another surfing world champion Mick Fanning fought off a shark attack at a competition in South Africa. 

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