How about this thick little tiger caught near the world's favourite point…
There’s a photo doing the rounds of Facebook right now of a tiger shark that was caught off Tweed Heads, just north of Byron Bay and slightly south of Snapper Rocks’ Supa Bank.
According to the Tweed Daily News:
“A HUGE Tiger shark caught off Tweed Heads last month swallowed a six foot Hammerhead shark just before it was pulled aboard, said Tweed Coast fisherman Matthew.
“I was fighting the Hammerhead and he came up and swallowed it,” he said.
“You can’t turn around and go no, don’t touch, to something like that.”
The four metre shark was caught about three weeks ago, 14 miles off Tweed Heads, licensed fisherman Matthew said.
Compared to others Tiger sharks he’d seen, Matthew said this specimen was small.
“I’m always on the water; either on it, in it, or under it,” he said.
“I dive with sharks; I love diving with sharks.
“I’ve dived with sharks bigger than that, it’s only a little one.
“I’ve seen Tiger Sharks 24 feet-long off Tweed.”
Having been on the ocean since he was four, Matthew said there were definitely more sharks around now.
“I think the numbers are increasing rapidly, very rapidly,” he said.
The explosion in social media users, Matthew said has made shark sightings more common.
“There’s nothing different to years ago except now when things like this get on social media they just take off,” he said.
“They’ve always been there.”
Matthew said Tiger sharks were every bit as fearsome as Great Whites.
“Metre for metre a Tiger Shark’s bite is bigger than a white,” he said.
“They just have different teeth and a different biting technique.”
Culling sharks was not the answer to preventing attacks, Matthew said, as history showed the animals returned in increased numbers.
“To use the word cull in such a heavily regulated industry is a bit harsh because the word cull is the big divider in public opinion,” he said.
“I think the fisheries need to review their quota system because we’re restricted very heavily on what we are allowed to take each week
“The current system is not going to put the slightest dint in the population of sharks.
“You’ve got to fish for your kids future, not your future.”
The whole Tiger Shark was sent to the fish markets, except the jaws, which Matthew kept as a souvenir.
And, meanwhile, back down the coast at Broken Head…