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Giant great white shark tagged in Australia


Posted on Friday, 11 April, 2014 | Comment icon 32 comments


The infamous great white shark. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Terry Goss

One of the largest great white sharks ever found has been tagged off the coast of Western Australia.

Measuring 5.3m in length and weighing in at 1.6 tons, the tagging of this aquatic giant is being hailed as a major breakthrough in shark research.

Despite only having a boat that was marginally larger than the shark itself, three Fisheries staff took over two hours to subdue the creature off the coast off Mistaken Island.

"This is very exciting and potentially a world first," said Mark Kleeman, project manager of the Shark Monitoring Network. "It is something we have been striving for and it is great to prove we can handle an animal of that size."

The tag will provide tracking data for the animal for up to 10 years, giving experts a unique opportunity to study the behavior of such a large shark for the first time.

"We are excited by the potential of what this shark can give us," said Kleeman.

   
Source: WA Today | Comments (32)

Tags: Shark, Great White


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #23 Posted by ancient astronaut on 12 April, 2014, 15:41
We get all worked up when sharks attack a swimmer, but the number of sharks harvested by humans to the number of humans harvested by sharks is extremely disproportionate. (about 100 million sharks to about 10 humans).
Comment icon #24 Posted by Merc14 on 12 April, 2014, 23:44
I think we were all victims of "Jaws", something Peter Benchley never forgave himself for but eh new generations see sharks fro what they are, a necessary and vital part of the ocean world. Site like this one help take the hatred out of the equation http://www.ocearch.org/
Comment icon #25 Posted by Monkfish on 18 April, 2014, 17:46
I'd like to be reincarnated as a shark, a great big one.
Comment icon #26 Posted by eaglesareskykittens on 19 April, 2014, 2:02
I'd rethink that if I were you, shark fin soup is considered a delicacy.
Comment icon #27 Posted by EllJay on 21 April, 2014, 23:19
Bollox to swimming, I hear the Jaws-theme even when I'm in my bathtub, or washing my hands in the sink. Look at that "meat-garage" at 1.13. It doesn't even have to chew you, just take you down in one gulp.
Comment icon #28 Posted by SecretAgentMathew on 22 April, 2014, 2:13
I know the US has to be bigger and better with everything ... but unfortunately you can't be regarding sharks
Comment icon #29 Posted by Merc14 on 22 April, 2014, 2:42
You're welcome to them and don't forget the saltwater crocs
Comment icon #30 Posted by SecretAgentMathew on 22 April, 2014, 2:59
Ah yes the crocs and drop bears I shouldn't forget even the platypus can be deadly
Comment icon #31 Posted by spud the mackem on 22 April, 2014, 7:51
Hi Oz Agent, We know you have lots around Oz, but the biggest ones are found off the coast of South Africa.
Comment icon #32 Posted by DanteHoratio on 30 June, 2014, 20:13
Nevermind, sorry about the post.


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