The Courier-Mail

MON­STER TIGER SHARK HAULED IN OFF COAST

- GE­OFF CHAM­BERS

A GI­ANT 5m tiger shark hauled in off Tweed Heads by com­mer­cial shark fish­er­men is one of hun­dreds cruis­ing the state’s north coast, chas­ing whales and mas­sive schools of bait­fish.

The mon­ster shark k was hauled aboard an 11m fish­ing ves­sel last month, af­ter the crew hooked it about 14km off­shore.

Tiger sharks can grow up to 7m long and large spec­i­mens have been spot­ted in the ocean be­tween the mid-north coast and the Gold Coast. The Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries said the ves­sel was li­censed to catch sharks.

“It ap­pears to have been cap­tured by a long-line,” a DPI spokes­woman said.

“DPI can­not con­firm re­ports of where it was caught, or taken to.”

South­ern Cross Univer­sity marine ecol­o­gist Daniel Bucher con­firmed the shark was a tiger, and said judg­ing from the di­men­sions of the boat could have mea­sured up to 5m.

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