Claims of protected great white shark bludgeoned to death

Australia’s The Telegraph is reporting that onlookers claim a juvenile great white shark (Carcharodon carcharias) was “bludgeoned to death in front of crying children.” The incident reportedly took place at Sussex Inlet in New South Wales. The 2m shark had been hooked by a fisherman and then landed on the boat dock where eyewitnesses claim the shark was beaten to death with a metal pole.

The killing of a white shark in Australia is punishable by a fine of up to $11,000 and a two-year jail sentence, according to The Telegraph.

It was reported that some of the people on the scene claimed that the shark (seen in this photo) was a mako (Isurus oxyrinchus), which is not protected in Australia. A spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries, who are investigating the incident, said that thinking the shark was a mako was “not an excuse.”

To read the full article head over The Telegraph.

One comment

  1. DeepAddiction47 says:

    This did indeed happen. Hopefully he will be punished to the fullest extent of the law but sadly here in Australia the DPI tend to go too soft on morons like this. In 2009, a commercial tuna long liner was caught with a large number of shark fins on board. The skipper and owner we’re given minimal fines and permitted to keep their fishing licence. Also, poachers from Indonesia sharkfinning our northern waters when caught, in almost all cases the skipper or owner of the vessel receive a minimal fine and get to keep their boat only to be re-arrested a month or so later doing the same thing in the same boat thats been painted a different colour. Unbelievably the Australian government (Julia Gillards labour party)still issue a minimum fine and still gives the boat back, again!
    FYI, Australian politicians say Australia is not a shark finning nation yet every year we export hundreds of tons of shark fin to Asia. They claim the fin is “only the by-product of the catch”. At $8 per kilo for the flesh and $100 per kilo for the fins it’s obvious to many what they are actually out there for. If you catch a shark, remove the fins and then sell the fins for profit then you ARE a shark finning nation regardless of how they try to justify it!

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