A shark weighing in at 1 tonne and measuring three metres in length has been caught in Bodrum Karaada.

A shark weighing in at 1 tonne and measuring three metres in length has been caught in Bodrum Karaada. Fishermen on the 22 metre fishing boat ‘Alize’ traveling from Mersin to Bodrum managed to catch the giant shark in their net. It was taken to Izmir for sale.

Regular readers of ‘The Post’ will recall that they have reported no less than five incidents of large sharks being caught in the Mediterranean and Aegean waters between Bodrum and Fethiye during the last 10 months. All the catches were well documented and photographed and it’s a fair bet that many more shark catches in these waters have gone unreported. In fact there are approximately 46 different species of sharks in the Mediterranean – 16 of them measuring three or more metres in length, so the occasional encounter between humans and these animals in the one of the world’s most frequented and most travelled seas is unavoidable.

Although the Mediterranean/Aegean barely makes up 0.7% of the world’s total water surface, the amount of people seeking rest and relaxation there, in addition to those seeking to make a living, is enormous and in no way compares to its relative geographical surface area.

{mosimage}According to MEDSAF (Mediterranean Shark Attack File) maintained by Ian Fergusson CBiol MIBiol who is a member of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) Shark Specialist Group (Mediterranean Region) during the period from 1890-2003 (113 years) there has only been one shark attack in Turkish waters and that was back in 1930 in the Bosphorus and was non-fatal.

For more information go to:

http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Sharks/sharks.htm

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