Monstrous 6-metre tiger shark 'caught' off Australian coast – after it ate a hammerhead

By Lindsay de Freitas
12 August 2015

Pictures uploaded to Facebook recently showed a reportedly six-metre-long tiger shark lying on the deck of a fishing boat off the coast of Australia.

'I was fighting the Hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it'

Facebook user Geoff Brooks posted two images of the massive apex predator earlier this week, which show the enormous shark taking up the bulk of the deck space on the boat.

While he said he wasn't sure how the shark died, Geoff insisted the pics were the real deal.

Soon after the photos were published, a local fisherman stepped forward claiming that he was the one responsible for the shark carcass. According to the man, who has been identified only as Matthew, “I was the one that took that photo and I was the one that caught that fish.”

He claims that he caught the shark roughly 22 kilometres off the Australian coast about three weeks ago. He claims he caught the shark accidental while trying to nab another one.

“I was fighting the Hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it.”  Although fishermen in the area disagree and say the photos were taken ages ago.

Despite the fact that shark culling is illegal in Australia, authorities have decided not to investigate the matter given that the photographs are the only actual evidence of the incident.

Sources: dailymail.co.uk, dailytelegraph.com

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