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Great White crosses the Tasman

By: Mark McGrouther, Category: Science, Date: 13 Aug 2014

The latest arrival from sea - a White Shark named Pip has crossed the Tasman. 

White Shark journeys

Malcolm Francis © NIWA

Since 2005, New Zealand ichthyologists have been tagging and tracking White Sharks. The work of two of my colleagues, Malcolm Francis and Clinton Duffy, has shed new light on the fantastic journeys of White Sharks. To date, 85 White Sharks have been tagged in New Zealand waters, many in the Chatham and Stewart islands.

One individual, known as Nicholas Cage, swam to New Caledonia and back. A second fish called Pip, swam from New Zealand to Sydney and then headed north up the coast to Queensland. Whereas Caro intially headed off to the Challenger Plateau but then back-tracked to Stewart Island. When last heard of Caro had left Stewart Island and was off the coast of Fiordland, slowly heading north. Apparently these impressive fish regularly make prodigious journeys.

Read more on the NIWA website.

Big Fish, Calm Sea - White Shark Tagging off Stewart Island from NIWA on Vimeo.

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