2.35m female white shark tagged off Evans Head.
2.35m female white shark tagged off Evans Head. NSW DPI

Three white sharks tagged in three hours off North Coast

IF THERE was any question of whether great white sharks were going to return to the region in numbers after last year, the question has now been answered.

In just a single morning of trialling new smark drum lines off Evans Head, yesterday Fisheries NSW officers managed to easily tag three great white sharks.

The taggings follow three sightings of three-metre plus whites on Saturday by aerial spotters, one each off Lennox main beach, Angels Beach, and Shelly Beach.

The shark sighted off Lennox main beach was estimated at 3.5m long.

As was the case during other spates of sightings, there was a high amount of baitfish activity off the Lennox-Ballina coast. On Sunday, the baitfish were all but gone - and so were the sharks, with none spotted.

Off Evans Head yesterday, a 2.35m female, 2.45m male, and 2.65m male were tagged.

 

2.65m male shark tagged off the coast of Evans Head
2.65m male shark tagged off the coast of Evans Head NSW DPI

The Department of Primary Industries has been conducting trials of the smart drum lines since December last year but has until now been unable to tag any whites, due to their exodus from the region south during summer.

This week's trial of the drum lines only commenced during the morning and within hours had picked up the three sharks.