A unique opportunity: The Dyer Island Conservation Trust dissect a Great White Shark carcass.

July 09, 2015 by dyertrust

By Alison Towner, DICT Marine Biologist.

On Friday afternoon the 26th of June, a local fisherman Pikkie Smal contacted the Dyer Island Conservation Trust (DICT) to report the carcass of a Great White Shark (Carcharodon carcharias). The shark was found washed up at De Gruis, towards the end of the Uilkraalmonds beach, in Franskraal. The DICT responded immediately with a team of their crew and biologists alongside CEO Wilfred Chivell. On arrival, the sun was setting, but the team managed to confirm that the shark was an adolescent female. The specimen quality was very poor and decomposed. The shark had likely been dead for a number of weeks as her skin pigmentation was badly bleached. The team measured her at 3.2meters, pre caudal length. Interestingly the tail was completely missing, with this intact she would likely have measured close to 3.5m total length (TL).

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