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19 December 2013

Sharknet beach

679-Sharknet-beach-aWhere did that name come from.
I bet like me, most people never really gave a thought to why Shark Net beach has that name.

Like hundreds of others I have swam, dived and in the early days spear fished along and around Sharknet beach.

Back in the early days sharks were a lot more prevalent in the bay than they are today. Whale processing operations were still being carried out in the the bay,  the blood and runoff attracted large sharks.  The bay's otherwise  pristine waters were still rich with fish and marine life,  and largely unexploited,  large sharks were a common occurrence.    There are many stories on shark encounters in the bay and some are covered in this blog - To read more on the sharks in the bay type sharks into the search box in the right hand column.

This photo from the museums collection certainly illustrates the reason for the name.
With heavy fishing world wide sharks have been reduced in numbers, of course there are still sharks in the bay and sometimes large sharks have been caught and spotted off our headlands and beaches, but nothing compared to the early pioneering days.

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