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Biggest great white shark ever tagged

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 08:35 PM

The tagging of a huge five-metre white pointer in King George Sound has presented a potentially huge breakthrough in shark research and a triumph for local Fisheries staff.

The massive female great white, estimated to weigh about 1.6 tonnes, was the biggest ever internally tagged in Australia, and one of the largest in the world.

The shark was measured at 5.04m to the fork in its tail, suggesting an overall length of around 5.3m.

http://www.watoday.c...0410-36eqx.html



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Posted 10 April 2014 - 09:53 PM

5.3m+1.6tons. I will never understand why the aussies go swim there because I would even not put
a single toe into the waters there.

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:02 PM




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Posted 10 April 2014 - 10:58 PM

Why did they tag it, the only good shark is one hanging upside down on a quayside.
B.t.w what happened to the one called Lydia which was tagged  in the U.S and was heading for U.K so they said. Does anyone know ??

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Posted 10 April 2014 - 11:51 PM

That's it. I'm never going in the sea again.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 04:05 AM

I love knowing that I have these wonderful creatures living where I live. Seeing a shark that size swimming in the water I think would be awesome to witness.

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After the shark was finally subdued, Fisheries staff had to attach three ropes around it and roll it upside down. However, once it was upside down the shark went into a state of "tonic immobility", similar to being asleep. That enabled Fisheries workers, aboard a 6m vessel not much bigger than the shark, to make a small incision in its stomach without lifting it out of the water and insert the tag.

I always find it interesting now to read how they do this to relax the shark. I remember doing it in dreams a few times years ago and I never had a clue that's what people actually did. Here's a dream I posted years ago where I did this.

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I had a weird dream last night.. I dreamt I was walking in the ocean I think, but only in about knee deep water. And I saw a dark object swimming towards me which I knew was a small shark. It was about half a meter in length maybe. Anyway it swam really close and I thought it was going to bite my calf muscle, so when it got close I punched it in the head once to kinda stun it, then I picked it up out of the water. Then straight away I turned it over and started to rub its belly. It was all white underneath and the shark looked like it had cat fish whiskers(just slightly/tiny ones).. it was a weird shark and not one I've seen much. It was more squarish around its head. Anyway I just stood there rubbing its belly as if it was a naughty pet I have to make happy or something(calm it down). I held it in one arm(my left) almost like a baby(holding its head with my hand), while I rubbed its belly with my right hand. It really was like I was stroking a pet or something. I wasnt worried at all.

I've had this dream before almost a year ago maybe now, and I'm not sure what it means. Was cool though.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 04:18 AM

Would be cool if they'd train Orca's to patrol beaches with the most sightings..


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 11:31 AM

View Posttoast, on 10 April 2014 - 09:53 PM, said:

5.3m+1.6tons. I will never understand why the aussies go swim there because I would even not put
a single toe into the waters there.

Australia is the home to some of the deadliest and poisonous animals on land as well. Maybe swimming with sharks is safer?

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:32 PM

Cool, sharks are awesome. My favorite water type.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:37 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 10 April 2014 - 10:58 PM, said:

Why did they tag it, the only good shark is one hanging upside down on a quayside.
B.t.w what happened to the one called Lydia which was tagged  in the U.S and was heading for U.K so they said. Does anyone know ??

Today Lydia is here: http://www.ocearch.org/tracker/mobile/

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:40 PM

View Post:PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR:, on 11 April 2014 - 11:31 AM, said:

Australia is the home to some of the deadliest and poisonous animals on land as well. Maybe swimming with sharks is safer?

I know that. Is that maybe an evolutionary reaction due to the aussies? :lol: :D :lol:

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:49 PM

View Posttoast, on 11 April 2014 - 12:40 PM, said:

I know that. Is that maybe an evolutionary reaction due to the aussies? :lol: :D :lol:

It's either that or their beer truly makes them ten feet tall and bulletproof. :yes:

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:52 PM

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.. Queue music from Jaws..


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:20 PM

What a truly awesome animal. Would I want it swimming around me, well no, but a truly awesome animal anyway. The data collected from such an animal will be very valuable to the scientists studying these sharks I would think.

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 03:55 PM

I wonder if this is the shark they tagged.

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