This ururoa (great white shark), tempted by the tuna dangling from the rope, is preparing to strike. In Māori society, people who were voracious eaters were said to have the stomach of a shark. However, the shark was also admired for fighting to the end – as the proverb says: ‘Kia mate ururoa, kei mate wheke’ (Die like a shark, not like a limp octopus).
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Photograph by Malcolm Francis
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