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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