Bronze whaler shark left stranded

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - JAMES PASLEY

A large shark was left stranded on a cen­tral Auck­land beach on Wed­nes­day.

A Hills­bor­ough wo­man, who did not want to be named, said she woke up on Wed­nes­day morn­ing, looked out her win­dow to­wards Alder­s­gate Re­serve and saw a fin in the wa­ter near the shore of the Manukau Har­bour.

She said she had ear­lier seen what she thought were fish­er­man re­leas­ing it from a net, but once it was re­leased it didn’t swim away.

She said as the tide re­ceded the shark be­came stranded and could be seen thrash­ing around in the shal­lows.

An­other lo­cal res­i­dent, Donna Loft­house, said she saw a fam­ily try­ing to pull the shark out of their fish­ing net by its tail to let it swim to deeper wa­ter.

How­ever, the nearly 2 me­tre long shark did not swim away be­fore the tide went out.

By 10.30am the shark was no longer mov­ing.

Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion marine ad­vi­sor Clin­ton Duffy con­firmed the shark was a bronze whaler.

Marine sci­en­tist Ri­ley El­liot said it was likely that the shark ei­ther died in the net or as it lay on the sand with­out wa­ter.

‘‘Gill nets are an ex­tremely poor method of fish­ing, un­for­tu­nately they’re very pop­u­lar,’’ El­liot said.

‘‘They catch and kill ev­ery­thing.’’

JA­SON DORDAY/FAIR­FAX NZ

The nearly 2 me­tre long shark did not swim away be­fore the tide went out.

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