A great white shark on Bondi beach was caught this week, marking a rare occasion in which two sharks were snared within a few days. This second shark was said to be a “surprising” find for the spear fishermen who spotted the predator of the oceans out in the water, which was dead in a net at the time of its discovery. AU News reports this Friday, November 21, 2014, that this latest find occurred less than 72 hours after another shark also became entangled off the Australian coast.
The news is making waves across the media — a great white shark Bondi beach catch is being looked into by the Australian Department of Primary Industries. Although a spokesperson for the department was not able to confirm the situation, a team of expert contractors is slated to inspect the mass of nets later this weekend. This latest shark is the second to be found dead within the Bondi beach nets in less than a week.
It seems the massive animal of the oceans was first spotted by several spear fisherman preparing for a day of work out on the water. Witness Ian Puckeridge said the shark was already dead by the time he saw the predator in the net early Friday morning. Another great white was also discovered in a nearby spot this Wednesday.
News of these great white sharks being present at Bondi should serve as a point of notice for travelers and tourists this week, adds SMH News. The press release asserts that this weekend will be a highly populated one for Bondi beach in Sydney, Australia, and potential swimmers should take warning before venturing out too close to the nets. Danger is unlikely, but precautions are always key.
Fortunately, there has not been a single recorded fatal shark attack cited in Sydney along the netted beaches since their inception in 1937, added the spokesperson for the Department of Primary Industries. The nets themselves, however, do not span the whole breadth of Bondi beach. They are primarily intended not to simply prevent sharks from passing through, but to discourage the “establishment of predatory territories.”
Keeping this recent great white shark Bondi beach catch in mind, swimmers are asked this weekend to keep a sharp eye out and be aware of their surroundings. A second shark being spotted by spear fisherman in less than three days is not necessarily cause for concern, but it is certainly an unusual discovery. Australian authorities concluded their report by stating that a total of 172 sharks were captured this 2014, with 68 being shot, but culling is coming to an end this summer. Bondi beach is a popular hotspot for Australian citizens and foreign tourists alike looking to take advantage of the beautiful shoreline and warm weather.