Massive great white removed from shark net at popular beach
The body of a Great White shark measuring close to five metres has been removed from a shark net at Maroubra beach.
The massive shark was cut free from the netting this morning by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) contractors, a DPI spokesperson told nine.com.au.
“(DPI) can confirm a 4.65 metre White Shark was removed from the Maroubra shark meshing net this morning by contractors during a routine check,” the spokesperson said.
“DPI shark scientists have completed a full necropsy on the White shark.”
Trapman Bermagui, a NSW pro-fisherman and blogger, posted photos of the huge creature to his Facebook page.
He claims the shark was “pushing over a ton in weight”, had a tail two metres tall and pectoral fins of more than one metre.
Bermagui was quick to note he did not catch the shark and it was government employees who run shark nets on Sydney beaches.
“Just a heads up for those who are hurling abuse at me on my last post, I actually live 500km away from Sydney and did not catch the shark,” he wrote.
“The shark nets off Sydney are a state government run project. I do know the guys who do this job and they work hard to keep our beaches safe - whether you agree with shark net protection or not, these guys are not the ones to abuse.”
According to the DPI website, the department manages the NSW Shark Meshing Program.
Fifty-one ocean beaches from Wollongong to Newcastle are netted using mesh nets between September 1 and April 30 each year.
“The nets are set below the surface in about 10 to 12 metres of water, around 500m from shore,” the DPI said in a statement on its website.
“The nets are fitted with acoustic warning devices to alert dolphins and whales”.