Hun­gry tiger shark dis­rupts crab­bing ses­sion

North West Telegraph - - News - Robert Dougherty

A pair of Pil­bara fish­er­men pulled up more than they bar­gained for when they hauled up a 4m tiger shark from their drop net.

Broth­ers Brian and Bran­dan Haines got the shock of their lives about 1pm last Tues­day when the shark de­cided their mud-crab bait would make an easy meal at Spoil­bank, a fish­ing spot in Port Hed­land.

“Hap­pened about lunch time, just me and my brother were hav­ing a crab, we were just sit­ting there wait­ing to do the next pull and saw one of the pots take off,” Brian Haines said.

“There was a big tiger, I’ve seen a few in my life but none as big as him — he was pretty cruisy, rolling over and that, just munch­ing away on the free food.”

The broth­ers rushed to record the frenzy be­fore post­ing it on so­cial me­dia.

“He de­stroyed the net, it was wrecked — it all hap­pened too quickly,” Mr Haines said. “I was try­ing to turn my Go­Pro on but ended up catch­ing it on my phone.”

The lo­cal rail­way welder said the en­counter had not scared him and he would be back out on the wa­ter this week.

“Come off work, so might head out and have another go for a fish and maybe a dive,” he said..

“Peo­ple have said there’s a big fella (shark) that hangs around there (at Spoil­bank).

“A few peo­ple have seen him hang­ing around there.”

Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment re­gional man­ager north Peter God­frey said in­ci­dents of this kind were rare and peo­ple should re­port shark sight­ings to wa­ter po­lice on 9442 8600.

“It is very rare to re­ceive re­ports of sharks feed­ing on bait in crab drop nets — the shark may have been attracted by the large amount of bait in the drop net,” he said.

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