A sad end for the shark spotted swimming close to surfers at McCauley’s Beach on Wednesday, with the 2.5m animal washing up on the sand in the early evening.
What happened next has shocked the community, as the large Thresher Shark’s body was hacked at and dismembered.
The animal was split open and its fins removed in an act which has outraged local animal lovers, and left many asking who would do this, and why?
Threshers (recognisable by their log tail, which they use to slap and stun smaller fish) are most commonly found in deeper waters but do follow schools of fish into the shallows. They have been listed as ‘vulnerable to extinction’ by the World Conservation Union since 2007.
Council crews spent Thursday morning digging a 2 meter deep hole and burying the shark at the beach.