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Sharks not new to local waterways

IN A Northern Star feature on Mr W. J. Cook, entitled Eight-Two Years on the Richmond, published in February 1935, Mr Cook spoke of how sharks were known to lurk great distances up the rivers.

"Mr Cook observes that sharks were numerous in the river in the early days, and used to be harpooned in great numbers as far up the river as Coraki," the reporter wrote.

"On one occasion a brother was swimming his horse across the Broadwater at Bagotville, when the animal plunged so violently as to unseat him.

"Pausing to recover his hat, which had been washed off, he noticed that the water was stained red, and was then horrified to see his luckless horse crawling out of the water minus one of its legs.

"This should serve as a gentle reminder to those over confident people who say 'Sharks will not touch you so far up river as this!'"



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