Gansbaai Courant

Blog: 4th White shark washed ashore

Published: 07 July 2017
By:Gansbaai Courant

The Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) team was called out on Saturday 24th June 2017 after another deceased shark washed ashore in Pearly Beach, Gansbaai.

The DICT team completed the shark autopsy, led by white shark biologist, Alison Towner. “The deceased male shark measured 4.1m in total length.  He was missing his liver, his testes and stomach.

The carcass may be a few days old but it seems relatively fresh and bled out massively.

All necessary samples have been taken for the various scientific projects.

This is the 4th documented deceased white shark since May that we can connect to Orca predation," said Towner.

The pair of Orcas believed to be responsible for the shark deaths was sighted offshore of  Danger Point in the morning then again in Franskraal later in the day.

Marine Dynamics cage diving boat tracked the pair. Subsequently all cage diving boats failed to see white sharks that day and the sharks have been elusive.

(Pictures: Hennie Otto)

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