Huge great white shark found in net off popular surfing beach

Huge great white shark found in net off popular surfing beach

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Huge great white shark found in net off popular surfing beach

A great white shark measuring 15 feet was discovered off a popular surfing locale by Australian government contractors Monday while doing routine checks on the controversial shark nets designed to protect swimmers and surfers.

The massive shark, with pectoral fins more than 3-feet long, was found dead in the mesh netting off Sydney’s Maroubra Beach, according to The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Broadcasting Corp.

“This morning I witnessed a boat checking the shark nets of Maroubra beach,” Adam Cree of Blue Reef Fishing Charters said, according to The Herald.

“They looked like they were struggling to get something up. It was big. The biggest shark I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been running charters off Sydney for 20 years.

“We catch small sharks on a regular basis but not to that scale. That was definitely a man-eater, no question about it.”

As a result of the discovery, the beach was closed Monday until about 11 a.m.

“We don’t see too many sightings of shark that are that big,” Cree, who took the photo of the shark, told The Herald. “They’re more of a true oceanic or blue-water shark.”

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Cree said in a Facebook post that it was “sad to see such a magnificent animal killed from drowning in the net.”

Justin Field, a New South Wales Greens party spokesman for marine environments, told the Herald that the shark nets are “not a complete barrier” and do little for public safety other than “create a false sense of security” while killing marine life.

More from The Sydney Morning Herald:

Mesh netting has been used to protect beachgoers from sharks in and around Sydney since 1937, with 51 beaches from Wollongong to Newcastle currently netted under the program.

But in recent years, the program has been criticized by conservationists for the amount of collateral damage it does to non-target marine animals, including endangered species.

The program’s latest annual performance report shows that of 403 marine animals caught in the mesh in 2017-2018, less than 10 percent (34) were target sharks – great whites, bull sharks or tiger sharks.

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