Ocean horror: Man dead in great white shark attack_1

A man has died after being attacked by a shark off Esperance in Western Australia's south-east.

The man suffered fatal injuries when he was bitten by a reported great white shark near Cull Island around 1:00pm on Sunday.

Western Australia's Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) is investigating.

Cull Island is located several kilometres off the coast of Esperance and is a popular diving spot.

DPIRD is urging people to take additional caution in the Cull Island area and to follow any local beach closures.

Authorities said fisheries officers would also be conducting patrols in the area.

Esperance was the scene of a fatal shark attack in April 2017, when 17-year-old Laeticia Brouwer was bitten while surfing with her father at Kelp Beds.

More to come.