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Blue shark cruising Papamoa waters

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A spot of fishing off Papamoa East Beach turned into shark watch for a Tauranga man and his son.

Gavin Ratcliffe was fishing about 2km offshore when a blue shark started cruising around his boat around 10am on Sunday.

“The blue shark was stalking around us for half an hour, about 2km off Papamoa East Beach.

“Cool stuff. This spot me and my son go to quite often and catch lots of fish. This day caught two snapper. Not good. Still very fascinating watching these creatures.”

Background about the blue shark

The blue shark (Prionace glauca) is a species of requiem shark, in the family Carcharhinidae, which inhabits deep waters in the world’s temperate and tropical oceans.

Preferring cooler waters, blue sharks migrate long distances.

Although generally lethargic, they can move very quickly. Blue sharks are viviparous and are noted for large litters of 25 to over 100 pups.

They feed primarily on small fish and squid, although they can take larger prey.

Maximum lifespan is still unknown, but it’s believed they can live up to 20 years.


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Posted on 01-02-2017 10:42 | By taurangaexpense

i have been out fishing for the last three days and have caught and released a 6-7ft blue shark out in front of the main beach, there was also a small mako hanging around our boat in 35m of water. yesterday we seen a huge bronzy around the 40m mark. there are alot of fish around at the moment.
 
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