Perth, tiger shark Beach capture of large shark causes commotion – would you swim here? | BNQT

Beach capture of large shark causes commotion – would you swim here?

Beach capture of large shark causes commotion – would you swim here?

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Beach capture of large shark causes commotion – would you swim here?

The catch-and-release Sunday of a large tiger shark from one of the most popular beaches in Perth, Australia, appears to have unsettled area beachgoers.

Many have seen Jason Hodgson’s image showing the 6- to 8-foot shark on the sand, its tail hoisted by one of the unidentified anglers. Many have also read about how the shark was “rescued” and safely returned to the ocean.

Hodgson is quoted in several reports saying he had been wading nearby with his daughters when he noticed a commotion caused by the beaching of the tiger shark.

“We’d been on the other side of the jetty, probably up to our waists – maybe 10 meters away from where it all happened,” Hodgson told Perth Now. “Having seen what’s there now, I’m not sure I’d go in again.”

Tiger shark photo courtesy of ©Jason Hodgson

Whereas the anglers might deserve criticism for hauling the shark onto the beach for photos, rather than simply cutting the line, Hodgson said he admired how quickly and bravely the teens worked to free the shark.

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“Once they got the hook out and took it back into the water, they took a fair risk,” Hodgson said. “They swam it out to a point where they were probably chest-deep and could make sure there was some water around its gills and that it was going to be OK.”

A So Perth blog post states that the catch occurred within Woodman Point Regional Park, south of Fremantle. The park features playgrounds, beaches, and fishing jetties.

There was no mention in local news reports of beach closures.

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