This recently caught tiger shark appears massive, but some say it is not as big as it looks.
This viral picture of what appears to be a giant tiger shark has been making the rounds on the internet recently, but conflicting stories differ on how big it is or even where it was caught. What is known is that the shark was caught recently somewhere off the coast of New South Wales, and that it has stirred up quite a bit of attention.
The photo was first posted online by Facebook users and eventually shared by a group in Byron Bay called Positive Change for Marine Life, which sought to identify the angler. Some observers were critical of the catch, while others defended the harvest. The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (DPI), which is responsible for enforcing fishing regulations, said the catch was legal but did not specify details.
“DPI is not investigating this incident, as no illegal activity has occurred,” a spokesperson told The Sydney Morning Herald.
At least one angler has come forward to claim the catch, identifying himself only as “Matthew” to The Northern Star. According to the commercial fisherman, the tiger shark was caught a few miles off the Tweed Coast when he was fighting another, smaller hammerhead.
“I was fighting the Hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it,” Matthew said. “You can’t turn around and go no, don’t touch, to something like that.”