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Australian crocodile wins battle against a bull shark


  The 80-year-old croc, named Brutus, is a legendary reptile in Australia. He weighs in at 2 tons and stretches 18 feet long.
  
  The epic fight may have been a revenge attack, as the ferocious Brutus lost his right front foot — apparently in an earlier match with a shark.

Australian crocodile wins battle against a bull shark

The 80-year-old croc, named Brutus, is a legendary reptile in Australia. He weighs in at 2 tons and stretches 18 feet long.

The epic fight may have been a revenge attack, as the ferocious Brutus lost his right front foot — apparently in an earlier match with a shark.

Killer Shark Sighting Sees Oz Beaches Closed


  One witness talked of seeing the shark swimming near the whale, with both heading north.
  
  "First of all, I saw the whale, and then I could see something following it," the witness said.
  
  "And then people were saying: ‘What’s pursuing it?’. And yeah, then it was clear, it was a shark."

Killer Shark Sighting Sees Oz Beaches Closed

One witness talked of seeing the shark swimming near the whale, with both heading north.

"First of all, I saw the whale, and then I could see something following it," the witness said.

"And then people were saying: ‘What’s pursuing it?’. And yeah, then it was clear, it was a shark."

Monster 16-foot great white dubbed ‘Joan of Shark’ closes Australia’s beaches


  The 16-feet-long female dubbed “Joan of Shark,” while estimated weighing 1.6 tons, is the largest shark to be electronically tagged in Australia, the Telegraph reported.
  
  That electronic tag, detected by a satellite monitoring system, is what warned nearby residents to stay out of the water while a team of researchers, shockingly, went straight in.

Monster 16-foot great white dubbed ‘Joan of Shark’ closes Australia’s beaches

The 16-feet-long female dubbed “Joan of Shark,” while estimated weighing 1.6 tons, is the largest shark to be electronically tagged in Australia, the Telegraph reported.

That electronic tag, detected by a satellite monitoring system, is what warned nearby residents to stay out of the water while a team of researchers, shockingly, went straight in.

Critically Endangered Shark Rescued Off Coast of Australia

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.

Australia's shark baiting - cruel, dangerous, ineffective

Jackass-style shark stunt gone horribly wrong caught on video

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.

Shark overfishing endangers reefs

"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."