Great white sharks can now be tracked online.
Great white sharks can now be tracked online. Andrew Brandy Casagrande

DPI releases great white shark tracking map

YOU can now track the whereabouts of sharks in our waters online.

The Department of Industries has introduced online maps of sharks, tagged by the North Coast Local Waters Shark Tagging Project.

Eight great white sharks have been tagged and detections are updated daily.

The maps are at www.wildlifetracking.org and have so far tracked animals from the North Coast to Hervey Bay.

The latest data shows shark one, a 2.2m great white female juvenile, was 1km south east off the coast near Post Stephens at 11.45am yesterday. The same shark had been near Gold Coast beaches early last month.

DPI and CSIRO scientists get up and close and personal with a female great white shark during the operation to bait and tag the region's great whites. The sharks are tagged while still in the water in custom-designed harness hanging from the side of the vessel.
DPI and CSIRO scientists get up and close and personal with a female great white shark during the operation to bait and tag the region's great whites. The sharks are tagged while still in the water in custom-designed harness hanging from the side of the vessel. Contributed

Shark four, a 2.4m great white juvenile which was tagged off Ballina late August, was tracked on Sunday off the Sunshine Coast.

The program began late August amid growing concerns about the number of shark attacks and sightings in the area, including a fatal attack off Ballina in February.

The aim of the research is to target individual sharks which appear to be frequenting waters close to shore. This involves locating sharks from a helicopter and then capturing and tagging them from a boat.

But, if sharks remain underwater they can be undetected for hours, or even weeks.

NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair will host a public meeting at Lennox Head Public School tonight at 6.30pm on bather protection and shark attack mitigation measures.

Map of the North Coast as at October 15, 2015.
Map of the North Coast as at October 15, 2015. Contributed


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