Small Bull Shark killed by Rangers in South African River

Published by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife on 16 May 2012 :

Field Rangers repairing a fence crossing at the white iMfolozi (Siyembeni area, Makhamisa Section) river saw an unidentified large fish swimming between their legs. They struck it with a “celemba”, and killed it. Upon inspection it was realised they had killed a +/- 1 meter Zambezi shark. The Ezemvelo Marine biologist was contacted and the find reported, and the shark positively identified as a Zambezi Shark, otherwise known as a Bull Shark. They are known to travel very far inland in the Zambezi river, but, according to our knowledge, never been recorded this far in a reasonably more shallow system, like the Umfolozi River.

Source and Photo Credit: Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife


  1. Angel

    That is about 100 km inland through the river, Not too much comparing to greater distances they cover in other rivers. It looks like a small river but the mainstream larger river is not far away. He is a juvanile, they can go anywhere. That is not surprising. There are gates at crossings, passing through 2 or 3 gates to get there, is surprising. One smart shark it was…

  2. Patricia

    I wonder why people, and especially rangers who are paid conservationists, react to seeing an unidentified animals by killing it!?! What about observation? This attitude cannot be condone!

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