Tiger shark caught in Gold Coast waters, following fatal attack

A tiger shark has been caught in waters off the Gold Coast this morning, following last night’s fatal attack at Coolangatta.

46-year-old Nick Slater was bitten on the leg when he was surfing at Greenmount at 5.00pm, with fellow surfers rushing to his aid.

He was taken into shore, but sadly could not be saved.


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All beaches between Snapper and Burleigh Heads are closed today, with authorities conducting equipment inspections and patrols.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed to state parliament this morning that a tiger shark has been caught.

“This morning shark control contractors found a large tiger shark in nets off Greenmount.

“Further investigations will be conducted to discover if there is any link with the fatal attack off the beach later yesterday afternoon,” the Premier said.

Surf Life Saving Queensland is assisting Gold Coast Council lifeguards with patrol today. Coordinator Nathan Fife has told myGC closures will remain in place for at least today.

“Beaches are closed from Burleigh to Snapper, we’ll reassess that with the council lifeguards this afternoon and put a plan together for tomorrow.

“At this stage we will have extra surveillance patrols on over the next couple of days,” Mr Fife said.

He’s also warned that there could be more sharks in the area.

“We have seen a lot of bait fish, and it is whale season, so the beach has been closed to have surveillance in those areas to warn people to stay well out, and to be there if they do spot anything to make sure that people do get out of the water,” Mr Fife said.

Meantime, the debate has sparked up again about the drum lines and nets protection on the Gold Coast.

The Department of Fisheries is inspecting the equipment along the coastline today, while a scientific group continues looking into alternatives for the protection measures.

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Shark expert Daryl McPhee from Bond University has told the ABC this morning that it’s too early to be talking about removing the equipment.

I can guarantee the Queensland Government will continue to review the arrangements because there is pressure from both sides to have shark nets and drum lines removed but quite frankly, most of the alternatives are not there yet and have not been tested to specifically determine whether it’s a like for like replacement.

“We don’t want to be talking in this sort of environment about potentially reducing the level of protection for people in the water,” Mr McPhee said.