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Dead great white shark found at popular snorkelling spot

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Fisheries officers in South Australia are investigating the discovery of a dead great white shark at a popular snorkelling and diving spot.

Fisheries officers in South Australia are investigating the discovery of a dead great white shark at a popular snorkelling and diving spot.

The shark's body washed up on rocks at Point Lowly, near Whyalla, on Tuesday.

The Department of Primary Industries has now launched an investigation.

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"With the assistance of locals, the shark was located and retrieved for forensic examination as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the possible cause of death," a department spokesman said.

Great whites are protected species in Australian waters.

People who catch, keep, buy, sell, possess or harm them face fines of up to $10,000.

Point Lowly, on the Upper Spencer Gulf, has abundant sea life and is a popular diving and snorkelling area.

A study by the CSIRO in 2018 found that there are an estimated 1460 adult great white sharks in waters off South Australia and Western Australia.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/protected-great-white-shark-killed-south-australia/076274a1-a8b9-4ef5-92ed-ff213881ac9c

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