Expert says it’s shark smart time
AS MANY prepare to head out on the water in new boats, kayaks, surfboards and more, a Coast shark expert has warned now was a crucial time to be shark smart.
Tony Isaacson said now was prime bull shark-breeding time and that meant active, testosterone-filled male sharks would be more active and in areas people might not usually expect them.
His warning came after a fisherman reported catching and releasing two, 2m bull sharks on Sunday night near the Bribie Island Bridge at Sandstone Point.
The angler also caught and released a large shovel-nosed ray, and reported missing out on three other sharks.
It came after a flurry of recent shark catches on Bribie Island, with hauls reported at Ocean Beach and Buckleys Hole.
A large shark was also sighted on New Year’s Eve at Cooks Rock and was suspected to have been a large bull shark or even a tiger shark.
Mr Isaacson said the “corridor” of Pumicestone Passage, between the mainland and Bribie Island, was a well-known haunt of many sharks.
He said a 2m shark was breeding size.
“Now is the time to have heightened awareness,” Mr Isaacson said. “If the water has some visibility during a clear day the chance of a bull shark bump or bite is almost zero.”
But Mr Isaacson feared another downpour could muddy local waters and, when that happened, bull sharks went into foraging mode and became more dangerous as they looked to investigate food sources.
“They turn up in places we just don’t expect them to be,” he said.