A juvenile 2.4m great white shark has swum to Tasmania since being tagged in August.
A juvenile 2.4m great white shark has swum to Tasmania since being tagged in August.

Shark tagged in Ballina ends up in Tassie

A WHITE shark tagged off Ballina in August was last recorded lurking off the east coast of Tasmania after travelling more than 2500km.

The shark is one of six of 12 sharks registered to the Department of Primary Industries tagging program which have since left the North Coast for cooler waters.

Tassie bound Shark 4

Known only as "shark 4", the Tassie-bound juvenile 2.4m white was recorded on Tuesday this week surfacing 9km southeast of the Tasman Peninsula near Port Arthur, and 74km from Hobart.

The roaming white can also boast to have travelled the furthest north of any of the 12 sharks so far after popping up in early September just south of Fraser Island.

Its current location is not far from the famous Tasmanian big wave surf break known as Shipstern's Bluff.

Another white shark has also made a big southward journey in recent weeks, surfacing in Victorian waters last week east of Wilson's Promontory.

A further four sharks are currently enjoying waters between Forster and Port Macquarie, with one hanging around well-known white shark hotspot Port Stephens, north of Newcastle.

Water temperatures on the rise

A Department of Primary Industries spokeswoman said the movement of the sharks southward was not surprising given water temperatures are now on the rise and whites prefer cooler waters.

But there are still six sharks still enjoying life off the North Coast, and two (of a total 14) tagged but whose whereabouts are unknown.

The last one to surface transmitted a signal from waters off Lennox Head on Monday, while another popped up north of Woody Head on November 11.

Another two only surfaced last in early October between Evans Head and Ballina, followed by one off Brunswick Heads on October 17, and another 7km east of Yamba on November 8.



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