SHARK MEETS MATCH

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - WILL ZWAR

A HOR­RIFIC pic­ture of a shark car­cass on Lee Point beach has shown there are many men­ac­ing things in Ter­ri­tory wa­ters to watch out for.

Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity PHD can­di­date Daniela Perez was work­ing on the beach at low tide when she came across the 1.5m car­cass.

“(It) most likely died of a shark or croc at­tack,” she said.

“The semi­cir­cu­lar pat­tern of the bite sug­gests it was a shark.”

While not a shark spe­cial­ist, Ms Perez said she wasn’t sure what had at­tacked the shark but the size of the bite made her think there could be some­thing sin­is­ter lurk­ing be­neath the wa­ters, re­spon­si­ble for the at­tack.

“The bite di­men­sions were around 30 by 40cm … I was re­ally sur­prised to see how one sin­gle bite could have taken such a big chunk out,” she said. “That is why I wouldn’t dis­card the pos­si­bil­ity of a croc bite.”

This year six salt wa­ter crocodiles have been cap­tured in Dar­win out of 319 across the NT in­clud­ing a mon­ster 4.7m croc pulled out of Dar­win Har­bour in April.

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