Sometimes people do crazy things, and stealing a great white shark tracker is one.
This could be the first time, on record, that a fisherman steals a shark tracker.
In Australia, a 48-year-old fisherman, who has not been identified, is being scolded by the locals. After wheeling in a great white shark, he removed the tracker from it and released it back into the water.
What does he do next, you ask? He causes alarm and worries around Albany, Australia, with false shark alarms.
The shark tracker alerts if it comes too close to the shore. The 34 receiver devices placed around the area connect to this device. Coming in close contact with any receiver will set the alarm off.
This can help locals avoid being in the water and help avoid unnecessary attacks or even deaths.
The shark is no longer being tracked because the tracker has been removed. If it does come too close to the shore, the locals will not be aware of it.
Removing the device from the shark was reckless and immature but using it to cause panic and chaos is another story.
The man raised the alarm seven times between August 13th and September 4th.
On November 4th, he will have a court hearing where he will need a good reason for what he did.
What to do if you catch a shark
If you’re a fisherman and happened to catch a shark with a tracker, release it and don’t remove the device.
The tracker is there for the sharks and your protection.
They don’t want to prey on humans, but sometimes accidents happen. The tracker devices help to avoid human and shark contact, resulting in fewer shark attacks.
The other reason to not touch the device is for human protection. Who wants to be face to face with a great white shark? Not many people.
In the end, someone will catch you, and you’ll have to face the conveniences. For this fisherman, reckless endangerment is one of them.