Sharks killed in secretive Indonesian trade despite government efforts to protect some species
The ABC was invited to inspect a Java fish market, where hardly any shark carcasses were for sale. Here's what happened when we showed up the next day unannounced.
The terrifying moment a monster great white shark appears next to a fishing boat off the Queensland coast has been captured on video.
In the footage, the silhouette of the shark - believed to be as big as four-metres long - can be seen near the surface of the water alongside the boat.
The size of the shark dwarfs the small white fishing vessel before it swims off into the ocean.
'Oh my god. It's at least three metres easy,' says one of the men aboard the boat as he looks over into the water awe-struck.
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A Tasmanian abalone diver's dash with death after a 20-minute encounter with a great white shark prompts new safety warning.
The footage was taken near a beach on Fraser Island during a picture perfect clear day for swimmers to be in the water.
Comments on the video, which was posted online on Friday, were shocked at the size of the shark - but many also pleaded for the animal to be left alone in it's natural habitat.
'Don't go swimming guys', said one commenter.
'Hopefully, they leave the thing alone,' another said.
While shark attacks are very rare there were cases in Queensland in 2018 - notably at Cid Harbour in the Great Barrier Reef - were there were three serious attacks including a fatal one.
Another, involving a 12-year-old schoolgirl resulted in the girl's leg being amputated.
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Paige Winter, 17, was bitten by a shark while swimming in waist-deep waters off the coast of North Carolina.