Great White Shark caught in New South Wales Australia
Four-metre great white shark netted off Bar Beach
BY MATTHEW KELL, Newcastle Herald,
21. October 2011
A DEAD four-metre great white shark was found in the Bar Beach shark nets yesterday morning.
A Department of Primary Industries spokesman said the shark was towed to the Newcastle Fisherman’s Co-Op at Wickham because it was beyond the lifting capacity of the commercial contractor’s vessel.
It was then transported to the Port Stephens Fisheries Research Centre.
“We saw commotion down near the co-op and some people went out to have a look,” said Joanne Murray, who works nearby.
“There was a pilot boat, about three metres long, that towed the shark. It was so big it couldn’t fit in the boat.”
Ms Murray sent The Herald the photo that appears with this story.
The Department of Primary Industries spokesman said that great white sharks were a threatened species and the dead shark would be analysed for scientific research purposes.
The spokesman said the NSW shark-meshing program aimed to reduce the risk of shark attack on some of the state’s most popular beaches.
“The nets are not set as a barrier, but rather as a technique that deters dangerous sharks from establishing a territory and reduces the risk to swimmers,” he said.
“This program is very successful.”
Source: Newcastle Herald,
Photo Credit: Joanne Murray.