A humongous great white shark has been pulled from the water after being caught in a net at a popular beach in Sydney.

Government contractors discovered the dead 4.65 metre shark during a routine check after it became caught in shark nets at Maroubra beach in Sydney’s east.

“The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) can confirm a 4.65 metre Whit Shark was removed from the Maroubra shark meshing net this morning by contractors during a routine check,” said a spokesperson from the NSW Department of Primary Industries on Monday.

“DPI shark scientists have completed a full necropsy on the White Shark.”

An image of the fearsome creature was posted to the Facebook page of Jason “Trapman” Moyce, a fishing blogger, on Monday.

“A 4.6m Great White Shark was caught in the beach shark net,” Mr Moyce said in the caption.

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“The tail alone was 2m tall, with the pictorial fins of over 1m. Shark is pushing over a ton in weight.”

The Facebook post quickly received attention from those who do not agree with shark net practise, however, Mr Moyce defended the job performed by these government employees, saying they help to keep swimmers safe.

“I do know the guys who do this job and they work hard to keep our beaches safe,” he wrote. “Whether you agree with shark net protection or not, these guys are not the ones to abuse.

“If anyone had a serious issue with shark nets, make yourself heard with the state government members.”

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