A man is being treated for severe injuries to his leg in a regional West Australian hospital after being attacked by a lemon shark during a deep-sea fishing trip near the remote Varanus Island off the Pilbara coast.

The man, aged in his 30s, was bitten about 8pm Tuesday night and travelled on board a fishing charter overnight to the Exmouth boat ramp, where St John WA crews waited to take him to hospital.

He was provided first aid on the vessel and remained conscious throughout the ordeal.

The man, who was on a fishing safari, was taken to Exmouth Hospital just after 10.30am Wednesday. It is unclear whether he will be flown to Perth for treatment.

The fisheries division of the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is investigating the attack.

People around Varnus Island should take additional caution when in the water.

Varanus Island is the largest of the Lowendal Islands, an archipelago off the state’s North West near the Pilbara town of Onslow.

The island is home to an oil and gas hub servicing the industry’s operations on the North West Shelf fields.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

More to come.

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