The head and gills of the ”1.5m long juvenile shark” were tightly entangled in industrial strength elastic cord. The shark was “facing a slow and painful death, with the cord continually tightening as the young animal grew in size.” Although, they knew that the mission could be dangerous, the team was determined to carry out the intervention as quickly as possible.
New figures show that three quarters of the sharks caught by Western Australia’s shark baiting were undersize. All the more reason to halt the program, writes Elizabeth Claire Alberts - and to end similar programs elsewhere in Australia
It was a Jackass-style stunt that nearly turned around and bit Australian adrenalin junkie Shaun Harrington – or rather mauled him.
Harrington, 27, and fellow forever-clowning twin brother Dean decided to go “cage diving” with sharks off the Gold Coast, which is Australia’s answer to Miami, last weekend for an extreme video shoot for their surfing and fishing clothing label, fittingly called The Mad Hueys.
But the cage wasn’t the jaws-proof reinforced steel type typically used by shark divers – it was a flimsy $50 bird cage Shaun planned to put on his head.
An Australian surfer says he felt something hit his hand - but was totally unaware of the gravity of the moment.
After six fatal shark attacks since 2011, officials in Western Australia are biting back.
"Where shark numbers are reduced we see a fundamental change in the structure of food chains on reefs," said Meekan.
"We see increasing numbers of mid-level predators such as snappers, and a reduction in the numbers of herbivores such as parrot fishes.
"The parrot fishes are very important because they eat the algae that would otherwise overwhelm young corals on reefs recovering from natural disturbances."
A spate of fatal shark attacks in [Western Australia] has led to calls for drastic action. But what’s behind the attacks?
Alan Saunders was involved in the seasonal mullet run and was removing a Grey Nurse shark caught in a fishing net at Crowdy Head beach on Sunday 21 April.
His brother, Ray said he was attacked while releasing one of three sharks caught in a fishing net.
"Alan was involved in removing one of the sharks out of the wings of the net.
"He released that shark but another shark came in and bit him on both legs."
Paul Marshallsea made headlines around the world after a video showed him pulling a 6ft dusky whaler shark by its tail away from swimmers off the coast of Queensland, Australia.
Hundreds of thousands of views of the event were racked up on YouTube.
But the 56-year-old hero’s bosses at Pant and Dowlais Boys & Girls Club were less unimpressed because it happened while he was on sick leave from his job running a charity.
Now Marshallsea is jobless and wondering what to do next. His wife Wendy also no longer works at the charity.
"There’s not much demand for shark wrestlers in Merthyr Tydfil," he told Walesonline.
A man in Australia pushed a shark back into the sea, after it was seen swimming in shallow waters near beachgoers.
Local media said the 6.5 feet Dusky Whaler shark was spotted near the shoreline at Bulcock Beach at Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, causing some tourists to panic.
After being pushed back into deeper waters, local media said the shark stayed in the area for a while, before swimming further out to sea.
Tourist Tash Kimlin said she shouted out to her two young children when the alarm was raised.
"It was pretty scary, yeah I was just calling out to them and they couldn’t really understand what I was saying," she said.