I’m A Celebrity hosts Holly Willoughby and Declan Donnelly will be “warned” by ITV to be careful swimming in the sea after an unusually high number of killer shark attacks in recent months.
Fishermen say deadly shark have got “bigger and fatter” as numbers “get out of control” off the coast of Queensland, where the show is filmed.
On Monday tourist Daniel Christidis, 33, died in hospital after being attacked while paddleboarding and swimming in the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland.
There have been at least five serious attacks including one fatality in the sea since September as the authorities struggle to contain numbers.
On Wednesday 43-year-old surfer Lee Jonsson beat away a 2.6metre long great white shark with his surfboard after it bit a 20cm hole out of his calf.
That attack happened just 40 miles away from where I’m A Celeb hosts are thought to be staying.
Dec is known to enjoy swimming on the beach outside his penthouse during his trips Down Under and was pictured there last year several times with pal Ant.
Worried Holly has already admitted she fears of “everything” in Australia and is bringing her children Down Under to enjoy things like the incredible beaches on the Gold Coast.
A show insider said: “ITV take the health and safety of their cast and crew very seriously so they will pass on the warnings being issued in Australia to everyone including Dec and Holly.
“Of course it doesn’t mean you have to avoid the beaches completely but you need to be more mindful than normal.”
Bruce Batch, one of the last commercial shark fishermen in Queensland, said: “What’s happened is the trawler industry’s taken a massive downturn, but those sharks didn’t go away — they just got bigger and fatter.
“What surprises me is the fact that there isn’t more [attacks].
“When you’re out here on the water and you see the amount of sharks and the amount of large sharks, it’s out of control and I don’t know what the answer is,”