Fishing line entangled Shark "Lucky", free, healthy and back at Dyer Island!

July 12, 2013 by dyertrust

Fishing line entangled Shark "Lucky", free, healthy and back at Dyer Island!

We all know the feeling when you see an old friend again after a prolonged period of time, or the joy when observing a previously very ill friend return to health.

The sharks we work with every day become part of our family, they are under our custodianship, and we care for them very deeply.

In February 2013 we brought you the story of Lucky, a female great white of just under 3m, who was unfortunate enough to get herself entangled in a piece of fishing line. The fishing line had cut into her trunk just in front of her dorsal fin, around her head, and she had a raw open gaping wound at the site of the embedded fishing line.

Our Marine Dynamics team, on our Shark Cage Diving Tour, managed to capture, and untangle her on the 6th of February 2013, and as anticipated she ended up disappearing after the entanglement episode.

On Tuesday, 11th June 2013, our skipper of Marine Dynamics Shark Tours Hennie Otto sent out a very joyful message, our fishing line shark was back at Dyer Island and she was visiting the boat and entertaining our divers! Her scar was faintly visible and obviously had healed very well.

This brought a great deal of pride, and relief, to everyone that partook in this life saving event to know that the crew of Marine Dynamics and the Dyer Island Conservation Trust saved this shark from a certain death and that she is back in the bay, with a second lease on life.