Large tiger shark caught at Tannum
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A THREE metre tiger shark was caught on drum lines in front of the Surf Life Saving Club at the Tannum Sands beach on Tuesday.
The photographs seen here are currently doing the rounds in Gladstone and are actually of a tiger shark caught at Tannum three years ago.
However this week's catch would have been at least a metre longer than the shark shown in these photos.
Department of Primary Industries (DPI) district officer Steve Platt said there had been evidence of a number of tiger sharks at Boyne Tannum recently.
A recent media report said there had only been a few sharks considered life threatening collected from the drum lines at Tannum, however Mr Platt said this didn't mean the sharks weren't out there.
"With these larger sharks they often get caught on the drum line and then twist around until they come off,'' Mr Platt said.
"We have found drum lines over at Gatcombe Head that have been dragged over there.''
Sharks larger than two metres are considered life threatening.
DPI figures reported recently showed two other life threatening tiger sharks had been caught off Tannum Sands in recent times, a 3.3 metre fish in February last year and a 3.05 metre fish in April this year.
Mr Platt said tiger sharks were known to be territorial making them unpredictable and sometimes dangerous.
However Mr Platt said people should not be too alarmed, with the capture of the sharks showing the effectiveness of the drum lines.
Mr Platt warned people not to swim early in the morning or late in the afternoon. He said these times were considered the most dangerous with sharks feeding off bait fish. "The most dangerous areas are at the mouth of the Boyne River and Wild Cattle Creek.'' "We aren't trying to kill every shark, the idea is to catch any sort of rogue or territorial shark and tigers can be territorial.