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3,000 pound great white shark closes beaches

Albany, Middleton Beach, Joan of Shark, Western Australia, Shark, Shark tagging
Middleton Beach, Albany & Joan of Shark being tagged © Google/Australian Fisheries



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Giant fish fitted with new tag closes nearby beach

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 18 April, 2014 - Officials with the Department of Fisheries in Australia caught and re-tagged a 16-foot, 3,000 pound shark just off a beach in Westerm Australia after their Shark Monitoring Network detected her swimming too close to shore. The shark has been dubbed Joan of Shark.

The government in Australia tags large sharks and uses a GPS monitoring that officials closely monitor to track and detect the sharks if they swim too close to shore. The Department of Fisheries reports that Joan of Shark was captured April 12th when they detected her signal near a Middleton beach. 

The Department of Fisheries said in a statement: ​After nine detections of a tagged white shark early today, the Department of Fisheries is advising water users at Middleton beach to exercise additional caution. Middleton beach has been closed by the City of Albany. The detections occurred over the period from 3.55am to 7.22am.  The shark was detected by a receiver that forms part of the State Government’s Shark Monitoring Network.  

Each of the detections has been posted on the Surf Life Saving WA (SLSWA) Twitter feed at  The twitter feed is the best way to keep up to date with sightings from the Surf Life Saving WA, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, any detections of tagged sharks by the State Government’s Shark Monitoring Network and any sightings reported by members of the community to Water Police. 


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