'Joan of Shark' Forces Popular Australian Beach to Close (Video)

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 09:42 AM

By Nick Sanchez

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
"Joan of Shark," a massive, 16-foot-long great white shark that resides off the coast of Australia, has forced the country's popular Ellen Cove Beach to close, due to the predator's regular visits.

According to The Telegraph U.K., Joan seems to have been attracted to a distressed humpback whale that beached and later died. Even after its removal, however, the great white stuck close to shore.

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"Obviously, with that whale incident and because of the distress signals that it would have sent out, it would have attracted sharks and they will probably frequent the beach for the next few days," Martin Kleeman, a spokesman for the state department of fisheries, said. 

Scientists knew of Joan's arrival because of their tagging efforts — the result of seven separate and fatal shark attacks off the coast of Western Australia over the past four years.

Three weeks ago, they fired an electronic device into the shark's flesh.

Because Joan stuck around, however, researchers decided to upgrade the transmitter, which required a temporary capture. The team motored out to sea and used ropes to capture the 1.6 ton, 30-year-old shark by hand. Photos the temporary capture spread on social media websites, fascinating users around the world. Kleeman said it was "potentially a world first" for a shark of that size.

Using the ropes to tip the shark on its back, he explained, puts it in a temporary sleep known as "tonic immobility," allowing the team to spend a bit more time fitting a more sophisticated electronic tag into its stomach.

The new tag communicates with more than 300 monitors installed on the sea floor and via satellite. Two weeks after installing the tags, authorities learned of Joan's approach in time for them to evacuate the beach and make announcements to the larger community through social media.

"For the next 10 years, we'll be able to keep a track of her movements, which is going to open up a whole new world," Kleeman said. "We'll have a better understanding of the large-scale movements of white sharks."

Best of all, the new tagging solution and advance approach warnings seem to have temporarily halted a debate about culling the shark populations for fear of more human deaths.

Urgent: Assess Your Heart Attack Risk in Minutes. Click Here.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved