5m Hammerhead Caught off New South Wales

A sad picture of what must have been a hugely impressive hammerhead shark. It was apparently caught off New South Wales after attempting to eat a smaller shark that had been hooked earlier. Unfortunately the accompanying article from news.com.au doesn’t mention what type of fishing boat it was or what they were fishing for.

The hammerhead apparently weighed 1200kg and was 5 metres long. Experts estimate that it was 40 years old.

Self-styled shark hunter, Vic Hislop, has bought it and has yet to decide whether to exhibit it at his Hervey Bay facility. During the mid-90s after several shark attacks in Hong Kong, he was brought up here for his expertise. I’m not sure it achieved anything more than garnering him some publicity.

Anyway it’s very sad to see this hammerhead hanging up on display rather than swimming around where it belongs.

You can read the full article here.

About Neil Hambleton

I am a British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC) Advanced Diver and an Open Water Instructor. I have been diving since 1992, after joining South China Diving Club (SCDC), which is a Hong Kong-based branch of the BSAC. Having moved to New Zealand, I am now a member of BSAC New Zealand.
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3 Responses to 5m Hammerhead Caught off New South Wales

  1. Paul says:

    This bloke is nothing more than an idiot with a gun out shooting elephants.

  2. Why is that this kind of fisherman’s are not caught? It wouldn’t seem nice seeing that hammerhead dead and hanging up on display. They are killing creatures who doesn’t even hurt them. So sad. :-( ..

  3. bob bobby says:

    that is so sad why would any body do such a thing!

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