Story: Sharks and rays

Great white shark catch

Great white shark catch

People fear sharks, but sharks have more reason to fear humans. This great white shark, recorded as 18 feet (5.5 metres) long, was caught at Port Chalmers about 1900. The length may be an overestimate, and a more likely length is 4–4.5 metres. Sharks have been caught around New Zealand for food, for sport, and for their fins and liver oil.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Natural history of sharks and rays', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 April 2024)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006