Shark Movement

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wbat started the topic in Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 7:41am

Just wondering what would be the driver of the recent "shark movement".

I'm in Margaret River and an article in the local press stated that there had been an increase in sightings over the last few weeks.

Also after the scare at Bells(?) yesterday(?) there was a comment that had been a spate of recent interactions.

Not sure what is happening in South Oz of East coast Oz but with these two regions having increased activity does anyone have any thoughts on what has brought on this activity. We are well into salmon season, could that be it?

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kbomb commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 10:57am

Mid north coast. Salmon, the mullet are moving the whales are swimming around. Clear water makes it easier for drone etc to see them.


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truebluebasher commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 5:16pm

tbb is too ill for sharkwatch, but if crew are gonna give a shit, tbb will kindly assist.

First up, all should all be made aware that 2020 SD data is rare, so best take care...
For the crew we can rally a half decent / recent overview, won't be anything flash.

Less Cargo / Cruise / Tour / Research / Fishing vessels is drawing in more Sealife.

Sealife will move into areas just hours after dredging moves out.
Also de-stress within a day of ships / fishermen / surfers / swimmers moving out.
After weeks of vessels vacating resource rich grounds the critters can approach!

NSW Fisherman got no Govt fee relief for restrictions so many are tied up at port!

World is between Whale Counts ...North Atlantic + Japan + Oz East Coast are up!
Whale counting is also off limits so all are relying on volunteers (Also restricted!)
Could be that an estimated count is relied upon for envisaged boom year.

Note less noisy toxic CBD waters are attracting rare visitors.(Syd- Pilot Whales)
These critters like Pilot Whales & Orcas need real clean water, so a good sign.
Environmentalists can claim 100% world wide covid clean Oceans to Skies.
So more of those discoveries (sightings) drives home our Coastal Pollution count!
Check out younger NZ PM lookalike..Wow! That's a bonus treat! (Wooley said that?)

We recently saw similar with Dolphins moving into the canal network of Venice.

Wash-up being rare seaway turtles will get smashed as starter's gun sounds.
TV fishos are screamin' for everyone to smash the walls for a trophy...Bye Turtles!

2019 tbb Qld Shark files recorded a record year + 2019 Oz Whale Beachings link

2019/20 Great White sharks circled Goldie / Northern Rivers / South/West WA.
2019/20 Qld / NSW Sharks followed in the also record inshore Seaweed clumps.
Why! Seaweed blots echolocation & allows sharks a free crack at inshore grounds.
Local dolphin pods can't fend Sharks off their patch.
(Pretty sure we discussed that..maybe on the Palm Beach Reef 'Shark!' ?)

Recap: Record Qld Attacks > Record Seaweed >Great Whites > retired Shipping.
2020 Winter Scenario: More (SD) > inshore whales > beachings > more Sharks
Weather / EAC dependent!

Another short but good read on Coronavirus > 'Sealife'..

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Craig commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 5:22pm

40,000 km!


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udo commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 5:46pm

The Grit just dropped a story on a USA fatality today

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simba commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 5:58pm


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goofyfoot commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 7:06pm

Craig that is fascinating, thanks for sharing

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Bnkref commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 7:36pm

40,000 km is mental!

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mikehunt207 commented Sunday, 10 May 2020 at 8:07pm

Meanwhile all the white sharks from False Bay in South Africa are missing at the moment , maybe a coincidence or just more proof of extreme migrating species

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mowgli commented Monday, 11 May 2020 at 11:36am

Great share Craig.

Seems like No. 28 is largely following the seasonal movements of the Humpbacks? Winter up here in SEQ/Tweed and summer months down south/southern half of WA?

“Life is a long lesson in humility.”

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udo commented Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 5:06pm

6 metre Fucker in Stealth Mode checking out the Fishos off W.A coast yesterday..
Fuckn hell.

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AndyM commented Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 5:13pm

Don't reckon it's in stealth mode Udo. It's just being a big inquisitive bastard.

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D-Rex commented Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 7:38pm

Obviously this 'recent shark movement' is due to global warming. Let's face it, every anomaly was due to global warming pre-coronavirus eg lack of swell/banks, bushfires, sea foam, Trump, Scomo, pending recession, unemployment rising, etc etc. Strange how the highly-educated/smh/guardian reading contributors haven't worked it out...

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I focus commented Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 8:22pm

Udo salmon are running "Great White hugging season"

Throw in a couple of dead whales ..............

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tubeshooter commented Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 8:50pm

'tis the season, get used to it.