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To contribute to the worldwide conservation of the Great White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias. To increase public awareness, dispel the myths about the great white shark and provide some hope for the species survival.

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The White Shark Conservation Trust has been established to promote awareness of the need to conserve and protect the white shark, Carcharodon carcharias and to educate the public about the animal. This action was triggered by a personal desire of one of the Trustees who decided he could no longer remain an armchair environmentalist. The realisation of the absolute fragility of these creatures was brought home to Bruce Goorney on a life changing expedition to see the sharks first hand at the Neptune Islands in the Spencer Gulf, South Australia in January 2008.

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This Shark was very lucky for the intervention. We urge everyone who fishes to use circle (recurve) hooks instead of ‘j’ hooks to significantly reduce the possibility of a deep hook.An X-ray of a shark deep hooked with a stainless steel barbed ‘J’ hook. This hook was not going to rust out, it had perforated the sharks oesophagus meaning the shark would die from starvation, infection or both.We had two options, euthanasia or removal. The shark was a juvenile Scyliorhinus stellaris and stood a good chance if the procedure we had in mind was successful, so we decided to go for it!Fortunately we were able to remove the hook and leader, and incredibly this shark was able to feed 24hrs post op!This procedure was the first of it’s kind and we published it in the Fish Veterinary Journal.This was a few years back now but i was reminded of it thanks to Cristina Zenato’s recent post about shark hook removals!P.s. We nicknamed the shark ‘The Captain (Hook)’ of course!#shark #bullhuss #scyliorhinusstellaris #hookremoval #sharkhook #sharkhookremoval #sharkconservation #veterinary #fishvet #sharkbiologist #marinebiologist #marine #fish #sea #underwater #xray #hook #fishhook #deephook #fishing #stainlesssteel #education #conservation #saltwaterlifeuk Cristina Zenato Underwater ExplorerNeptunicThe Shark TrustBite-Back Shark & Marine Conservation ... See MoreSee Less
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Great white shark washes up near Fowlers.Fisheries SA has told ABC Eyre Peninsula about a 2.5 metre long great white shark that washed up on a beach near Fowlers Bay around 5 weeks ago that was collected by Department of Environment & Water staff with assistance from Fisheries and delivered to CSIRO for inspection."It appeared to have died from natural causes," said Fisheries SA West Manager Andrew Carr. This particular shark still had all of its teeth intact when it was collected by staff."It is illegal to remove teeth or any part of a protected specie such as great white sharks, regardless of whether they’ve washed up on the beach," Mr Carr said.Flinders University Associate Professor and Research Leader with the Southern Shark Ecology Group at Flinders University Charlie Huveneers said the colouring was normal around the sharks mouth."The redness on the shark is quite normal and simply internal haemorrhaging which is often seen in dead sharks," he said. If you see a great white shark or other protected species washed up on a beach near you, call and report it to Fishwatch on 1800 065 522. 📷 With permission of Fisheries SA. ... See MoreSee Less
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We realise on the outset this may seem totally unrelated to white sharks (or any sharks), however this young humpback’s life is at the moment threatened because of a shark net. Shark nets are a hugely destructive and ecologically damaging barrier and cause far more harm than good. We urge Australians a whole to cease using shark nets.#UpdateThe young humpback whale has survived the night and is now sitting off 30 nautical miles off the Tweed Coast, NSW, after dragging a shark net south from Coolangatta on the Gold Coast. Rescue teams are on site to attempt to free it.We encourage everyone to respectfully contact Queensland Fisheries Minister Mark Furner and ask him to switch to non-lethal alternatives to keep both ocean users and marine life safe. There doesn't need to be a choice between one or the other, we can protect both. #NetsOutNow Envoy: Shark Cull ... See MoreSee Less
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Sharks in NZ Maori Culture

Many Kiwis are unaware of the cultural significance of the white shark to the Maori people.

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Why Save Sharks

So why the need to protect them, or any other shark? The need to be eco friendly, the desire to protect our planet this is something that is being increasingly embraced across the globe.

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How You Can Help

Sometimes it seems like theres a rising tide of apathy and we as individuals are powerless to stop it. This is not true there are so many things we can do, little things can send a powerful message.

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