Shark snapped at Five Rocks



JUST when you thought it was safe to go back into the wa- ter ? a reminder that large creatures are lurking in the not so deep blue sea.

This photograph, showing what an expert yesterday iden- tified as a tiger shark, was captured on Nine-Mile Beach at Five Rocks, and has been circulating Central Queensland's email community.

When it arrived in Luke Nouwens' inbox, he immediate- ly recognised the location due to the sand feature known as "the orange bowl'' in the top left hand corner.

"Where that photo has been taken is probably within 400m of my parents' beach house at Stockyard Point,'' he said.

After viewing the photo yesterday, Jeff Johnson, manager of ichthyology at Queensland Museum, said he was convinced the photo was legitimate.

Using the utility in the background as a guide, he estimated the shark's length at about four metres: "It's a big shark.''

When Mr Johnson zoomed in closely on the snout, he noticed a distinguishing feature which helped him determine it was a tiger shark.

"There's a fold, called a lavial furrow, which reaches more than half the length from the corner of the mouth to the nostril.

"This, combined with its size, pretty much settles it for me.''

Mr Johnson said tiger sharks, ranked in the top three most dangerous sharks, were garbage disposal units of the sea. They were known to ingest all sorts of things from rolls of linoleum to bits of tyres and fishing floats.



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