Monster shark on the way to Bay
A HUGE hammerhead shark caught in eight feet of water and now frozen may be on its way to Hervey Bay – where an even bigger man-eating monster is right now scavenging off-shore and very much alive, says our local shark-hunting expert.
“This six-metre, 1200kg-plus hammerhead they caught at Evans Head is a magnificent specimen,” world renowned shark catcher Vic Hislop said yesterday.
“You wouldn’t want it swimming under your kid’s surfboard because its head is bigger than the average board.
“But I haven’t quite made up my mind yet whether I will bring him into my Shark Show on the Esplanade at Urangan.
“If I do bring him up, he will be the first hammerhead ever to be seen up this close on the Fraser Coast.”
Mr Hislop, who was shark hunting in NSW when the Chronicle talked with him, should have added the word “dead” to “hammerhead”.
“I’m telling you right now there is a hammerhead that’s even bigger than this monster swimming in the Bay. Fishermen have seen it and they’ve told me about it and the Department of Fisheries contacted me about it four years ago. It’s huge – about 20 feet long.”
Hervey Bay Boat Club president and keen fisherman George Duck said he too had seen the big man-eater.
“I was fishing about 10 years ago when this eight-foot creature jumped high out of the water, grabbed a toad fish we had on the line and then disappeared. I reckon this big one Vic is talking about is that hammerhead, older and bigger.”
Mr Hislop said hammerheads, which scavenged on the bottom during the day and became solitary hunters at night, could live up to 120 years.
He believed the frozen one was about 45 to 50 years. Hammerheads are one of the four man-eating sharks.