The sighting of a seven-metre shark off the South Australia coast last year excited the world's media with some making reference to the great white that featured in the classic 1975 film Jaws. It was certainly a big shark but there are tales of even bigger beasts lurking in our waters.
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The CSIRO has provided new estimates of population sizes for White Sharks in Australian waters. While overall shark numbers remain flat - and may even be declining - interactions between humans and shark are increasing. Why is this? We take a look at the available research.
Of all apex predators, the white shark Carchardon carcharias (commonly known as the great white) is perhaps the most fascinating. The potential danger from (very rare) human interaction has embedded the species in our national consciousness.
New research has used genetic analysis in a world-first effort to accurately estimate Australian and New Zealand white shark numbers. The size of the total adult population might surprise you.
While the chances of getting attacked by a shark are much less likely than a dog attack, you just never know, especially if you're out surfing, swimming or diving in open waters. We hope you never have to use these tips, but here's what you should know.
Many foreigners consider Australia to be a supremely dangerous continent where 99.9 per cent of fauna wants to kill you. Australians, for their part, are oddly proud of this fact. (It means we have "harder" citizens, or something.)
But where do we actually rank globally when it comes to animal-related fatalities? This infographic from Man Vs Beast shows how we compare to the rest of the world. It also shows which animals are the deadliest.
As any armchair ichthyologist will tell you, the most sensitive part of a shark is its electroreceptive snout. This has given rise to the belief that a sharp punch in the nose will repel almost any shark attack. As it turns out, this is usually a very bad idea that can result in losing your fingers, hand or even arm. Here's what you should do instead.