Shark ID at Woodgate Beach

Submitted: Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 17:10
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Was down at Woodgate Beach today with the dogs doing some stick chasing in the water in fairly shallow water at the Burrum River end when a couple of grey fins cruised by between us and the dogs. They looked to be about 1.5-1.8m long but the water was pretty murky.

Any ideas of what species of shark they could have been.


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Reply By: DiscoTourer - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 20:47

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 20:47
Bull sharks ?
Your dogs may have been very lucky.
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Reply By: The Bantam - Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 21:42

Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 at 21:42
A pretty good chance of it being a River Whaler aka Bull Shark, they can be found in most coastal rivers and canal systems and can travel many Km up stream and can live and reproduce in fresh water.

Jeremy Wade of river monsters fame followed rumours of bull sharks in the fresh above the Mt Crosby Weir in the Brisbane River....he manage to catch a Juvanile there.

It is postulated that there has been a population in the fresh above the weir since 1974 floods.

A few years ago, a couple of blokes won a brisbane fishing tornament by weighing in a bull shard that nearly busted the blokes trailer.....caught near the gateway bridge.....released alive.

These can be nasty customers and have been implicated in several fatalities.....yep there are munchies in ya river.

There where comments about high populations of these very sharks in some of the coatsal rivers after the dams like Awonga and Monduran ran over the spillway and many big barra made a bid for freedom..many dying in the process

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Follow Up By: Lyn W3 - Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 07:42

Friday, Sep 20, 2013 at 07:42
That's it, probably was a couple of Bull sharks, spoke to the Ranger there and they are keeping a close eye on the situation and will post some warning signs. They are concerned that the sharks have been seen in the shallows right opposite the Burrum Camp Grounds and its a popular spot for families and kids especially with the summer coming up.
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