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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bite Me !!


Anger on beaches at Australian plan to import sharks
By Barbie Dutter in Sydney
(Filed: 26/03/2006)
In a scheme that smacks of carrying coal to Newcastle, scientists have proposed importing sharks to Australia's east coast - causing consternation among tourism and beach safety authorities.
Researchers say grey nurse sharks are critically endangered in waters off New South Wales and Queensland and have suggested relocating some specimens from Western Australia, or Africa, to boost the gene pool.
Biologists from Macquarie University in Sydney insist that grey nurse sharks, while terrifyingly toothy in appearance, are mild creatures which will bite humans only if provoked.
However, organisations charged with protecting swimmers and surfers are unenthusiastic about having more predators in the water
Daily Telegraph

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