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1. Sharks love the color red. 2. Sharks are said to be attracted to dogs 3. It’s a mistake to bump into a shark with a boat – especially when following one like the above, at any speed.

At first Ben and I thought it was a tiger shark, like the one shown here chewing on the tail of a black stingray in the shallows. Now I am not so sure. Maybe it was a lemon shark?

The pictures have been examined by a shark scientist who wrote words to the effect: “It’s not a tiger shark, species unidentifiable”.

The confusion was sparked after we saw numerous tiger sharks on the reef shallows that same morning, attracted by possibly a harpooned dugong or turtle,something large that provided a good meal for many.

These were big sharks, 2.5 meters and upwards, with a single four meter long monster seen the next day.

Unusual for so many in a tight area without something having brought them in.

**Batt Reef** is a big sandy and shallow reef running some ten nautical miles in length, located off Port Douglas, Queensland.

(Yes. It’s where the popular TV celebrity was spiked in the chest by a similar-sized stingray).

Author: thejohnharding3

This blog is a combination of: 1. Polynesian atolls 'people of the sea' (1969) 2. Australian surfing and spear fishing 1960s 3. Underwater photography and film making CONTENTS are mixed. Use 'categories' 'search' or scroll through. In time more text will be added to existing posts. (REFRESH your browser). Enjoy the contents, tell friends.

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