Great White Shark Pulled From Nets at Bondi Beach in Australia

A great white shark was caught in nets off Bondi Beach, amid concerns the potential man-eaters are increasing in Australian waters after attacks north of Sydney and off the nation’s west coast.

The male great white shark approximately 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) long was found earlier today off the iconic Sydney beach, the New South Wales state Department of Primary Industries said in an e-mailed statement.

The shark was found during routine inspections by specialist contractors who carry out operations as part of the NSW shark meshing program, the department said.

Nets don’t stretch from one end of the beach to the other and aren’t designed to create a total barrier between bathers and sharks, according to the department. They are designed to deter sharks from establishing territories, thereby reducing the odds of a shark encounter, it said.

A shark attacked a surfer at Bondi in February 2009, the first recorded at Australia’s most famous beach in at least 58 years. The great white grows to an average of 4.6 meters in length, according to National Geographic.

In September this year, a shark fatally mauled a man off Byron Bay beach in New South Wales, and in October a man was left with serious injuries after being attacked off Western Australia.

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