Great white shark caught after competition had ended
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 March, 2014 - A 3.4m great white shark was caught on a drum line just beyond where the Roxy Pro quarterfinals were happening on Wednesday. The shark was taken on the line 300 metres off Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta about 2pm. The competition finished at 9:15am.
The Courier Mail is reporting that the shark is the biggest to be caught on the Gold Coast in more than seven years and the first great white to be caught in Queensland this year. Shark Control Program manager Jeff Krause told The Courier Mail that board riders were in a potentially dangerous situation on Wednesday being in the vicinity of a great white shark.
“It was a pretty big shark,” said Krause. He added that samples of the shark were taken for research before it was euthanized and disposed of at sea.
The catch comes at a time when Australia is in the midst of heated debate about its shark culling policy. A growing number of political officials and the public oppose the plan.