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Monster Shark Caught On NSW Coast

Locals in Byron Bay and Lennox Head are in the spotlight this morning, after a HUGE tiger shark was caught off the coast.

A fisherman named Matthew has confirmed he hauled in the monster tiger shark off the Tweed coast and according to a report on Northern Star, kept its teeth as a souvenir.

"I was the one that took that photo and I was the one that caught that fish," he said.

"I caught it fourteen miles off Tweed Heads."

The spot where the shark was caught is apparently the site of many recent attacks.

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"I just had to confirm with a bloke that it was a Tiger and not a Great White and I used those photos to show him," he said.

"From our perspective, after advice from Southern Cross University, it looks to be three-and-a-half to four metres long, which would be a sexually mature shark," said Karl Goodsell, spokesman from the Byron Bay-based group Positive Change For Marine Life.

Mr Goodsell said the commercial fisherman who hauled in the massive shark would have been operating under Ocean Trap and Line Fishery regulations.

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He said sharks caught by commercial fishermen were sold for fish and chips in Australia, and the fins were exported to Asia to make shark-fin soup.

"Off the Tweed Coast there is a place called Windarra which has targeted shark drum lines out there," he said.

It is understood the body of the shark has been handed in to the CSIRO.

Source: Northern Star

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