Dozens of sharks are being caught in control nets and drumlines along the Great Barrier Reef each month
Dozens of sharks are being caught in control nets and drumlines along the Great Barrier Reef each month Brianna Deacon

REVEALED: What sharks are being caught off our beaches

WHALES are migrating north in record numbers and inevitably some are being caught in shark control nets.

A calf died last week after becoming tangled in shark nets off the Gold Coast and another whale managed to free itself after being caught in the nets.

Shark nets have been removed from NSW beaches during the humpback whale migration from April to November to protect the whales.

But what, exactly, is being caught in the Shark Control Program at the time whales are migrating north after spending summer in the Antarctic feeding?

By far the most commonly caught shark of Mackay at present is the tiger shark. Five were caught in June.

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In all 12 have been caught in the three months to the end of June.

The only area where more tiger sharks were caught was off Townsville beaches. Six were caught in June.

Sharks caught off Mackay since April:

Bull Whaler

  • April 14 - Bucasia Beach
  • April 25 - Lamberts Beach
  • May 2 - Lamberts Beach

Tiger Shark

  • April 15 - Lamberts Beach
  • April 25 - Harbour Beach
  • April 25 - Lamberts Beach
  • May 2 - Harbour Beach
  • May 13 - Harbour Beach
  • May 24 - Lamberts Beach
  • May 25 - Lamberts Beach
  • June 3 - Lamberts Beach
  • June 11 - Lamberts Beach
  • June 13 - Harbour Beach
  • June 13 - Lamberts Beach
  • June 25 - Lamberts Beach

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