Zululand Observer 11 February 2001

A female Great White shark weighing just under 2,5 tons was found off Five Mile beach, Richards Bay early this morning (Wednesday). The shark, the largest cought off Richards Bay, was an estimated 4,5 metres and 10 years old. According to Richard Gumede of the Natal Sharks Board in Richards Bay, the shark was cought at drum experiment number nine during a routine patrol. She had taken a baited hook at the drum, a new method of shark control from Australia for bather protection. Mr. Gumede said the Great White, which is found more frequently in summer,was already dead otherwise his staff would have tried to tag and release the monster. At present there are nine drums and four nets in operation along Richards Bay beaches. The shark will be transported to the Natal Sharks Board headquarters in Umhlanga.
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