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Sharks latest woe for drought-hit rural Australia

SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) -- Hungry sharks are venturing tens of kilometres (miles) up Australian rivers as drought reduces fresh water levels, forcing schools to warn children not to cool off in the local river.

"Once we were told of the shark sightings we informed our four schools. We warned children not to swim in the river," Ian Northam, principal of Wingham High School, on the Manning River in northern New South Wales state, told Reuters on Wednesday.

Australia is in the the grips of one of its worst droughts in 100 years. Fresh water levels in rivers have fallen and salt water is extending further inland, with declining stocks of river and estuary fish forcing sharks further upstream.

Wingham is about 40 kms (25 miles) upstream on the Manning River, but a local fishermen recently spotted a bull shark swimming near a small dam, a popular swimming hole for locals.

Another fisherman last week hauled in a 2.5-metre (7.5-feet) bronze whaler a few kilometres (miles) downstream from Wingham.

Shark attacks
The summer issue of The New South Wales Sea Kayaker magazine warned of the risk of bull sharks in Australian rivers, saying they had been found in most Australian water systems.

"This shark is very, very dangerous. Some experts consider this shark to be the most dangerous in the world, even surpassing the Great White Shark," the magazine said.

It said the bull shark, which measures up to 3.5 metres (10 feet) in length and weighs around 230 kg (104 pounds), can survive in fresh or saltwater and will eat almost anything.

Bull sharks have been blamed for several attacks on rowers and kayakers on the upper reaches of Sydney harbour in recent years.  

29 Nov 2002 02:27
Anonymous
...watched a documentary about one that swam up a river in NJ and ate a bunch of swimmers all up and down, in 3 feet of very murky water no less, and then swam happily back out to sea.

i've gone water skiing down in the bayous of Louisiana, and my dad's friend who was driving the boat tells us "you don't need to worry about all the gators and water moccassins, just look out for bull sharks cause you'll never see 'em coming!" now, what kinda messed up bit of advice is that to tell a little kid?  

29 Nov 2002 02:28
Anonymous
they call 'em guppies.....and will probably be riding them up and down the rivers on flat days!......who knows.....could be the next big wave riding vehicle down 'unda!! :lol:  

29 Nov 2002 02:28
MadCow
This year is one of the worst years for sharks at cactus (far west south aus). Noahs everywhere, apparently you have a 50% chance of being taken by a shark just from swimming across the channel.  

29 Nov 2004 16:08
RicanSurfer
That sucks! I think that if i ever goto aussie land to surf, then i'll have to put on a chain suit before i go out!

peace....

~Ricansurfer  

02 Jun 2007 01:06
Cutfeet
[QUOTE=MadCow]This year is one of the worst years for sharks at cactus (far west south aus). Noahs everywhere, apparently you have a 50% chance of being taken by a shark just from swimming across the channel.[/QUOTE]

I travelled around Austrlia from 2000-2003, got some great waves but as soon as I hit the SA border I just kept driving until I hit WA...they are out of control down there. The year I bi passed SA that kiwi got taken at Cactus and another guy about 4 days later further east around the coast......scary  

28 Jul 2007 02:39

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