Wollongong and Shellharbour residents – we need your help! Someone has picked up a state of the art shark tag that has washed up on a beach and is currently enjoying a tour of Wollongong.
Department of Primary Industries Director of Fisheries Research, Dr Natalie Moltschaniwskyi said the pop-off satellite tag was tagged onto a 1.95 m male bull shark in Evans Head on 22 January 2021 and has been tracked via satellite for the last four months.
“The tag successfully popped off the shark and washed ashore on Wednesday morning. From there, via GPS satellite tracking, we can see that the tag is most likely in a vehicle,” Dr Moltschaniwskyj said.
“This person hasn’t done anything wrong but we are very keen to get the tag back as it contains crucial information about the shark such as where it has been, its swimming depth and feeding behaviour.
“These tags are a great way to get a treasure trove of information without needing to catch the shark again.
This research forms part of the NSW Shark Management Strategy which helps us keep people safe in the water.