White Shark Beach Washup

Most people don't have the chance to see a White Shark 'up close and personal'.

White Shark washed up at Byron Bay

Tim Hochgrebe © Tim Hochgrebe

On July 1, 2002 a 2 m long male White Shark was washed up on the main beach at Byron Bay, New South Wales.

An autopsy on the fish determined the cause of death to be liver failure.

The fish was a juvenile. The White Shark does not mature until it is over 4 m in length.

The images clearly show the five long gill slits and the tall triangular first dorsal fin.


Mark McGrouther , Collection Manager, Ichthyology
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Tags Fishes, Ichthyology, White Shark, Carcharodon carcharias, Lamnidae,