A four-metre long shark has washed up on a SA beach
A FOUR-METRE long great white shark is the third marine predator to be found stranded on a beach close in proximity to Streaky bay, South Australia.
While Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) are currently investigating the matter, Jeff Schmucker from the West Coast Professional Fishermen’s Association told ABC News that foul play was unlikely.
“This great white could have possibly swum up onto the beach into shallower water and stranded, as it appeared to be sick,” Jeff said.
Jeff told ABC News that he believed this particular shark was the same one that was filmed swimming around the Streaky Bay jetty in shallow waters last week.
“My initial thoughts were that it may have swallowed something in the way of a floatation device that was keeping it on the surface because great white sharks don’t go to the surface… From the outset, this shark looked like it was crook.”
(Image Credit: Allison Williams)
Earlier this month, when a mako shark swam into Sydney Harbour, Colin Simpfendorfer, the Director of the Centre for Sustainable Tropical Fisheries and Aquaculture at James Cook University confirmed that deep water sharks will often venture into shallow waters when the animal is in poor health.
Despite Schumucker’s doubts regarding foul play, ABC News reported that concerns amongst fisherman and surfers were continuing to mount due to the rise in the number of great white sharks in the region.
“While the initial reaction from people is just like ‘Well great, wish there was more up on the beach’, but on a biological level it is obviously a concern,” told ABC news.
PIRSA have confirmed that they will be looking into whether any offences have been committed.
Great white sharks are considered a protected species. Harming the marine predators can result in a fine of up to $100 000 or imprisonment.
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