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World’s Biggest Bull Shark Caught way Inland

World’s Biggest Bull Shark Caught way Inland

Alex Dick-Read
World's Biggest Bull Shark
Photo by Alison Towner/Marine Dynamics

Bull sharks, aka Zambezi sharks, are some of the most aggressive of our grey-suited friends and are common in tropical waters all over the world. However, according to South African surf site, the largest ever recorded was recently caught in the temperate Western Cape area of SA. This was unexpected news in itself. The fact that it was caught 5.5km inland was another surprise to scientist.

According to Wavescape:

Conservationists hooked the largest Zambezi shark known to science – a massive pregnant female four metres in length and weighing almost half a ton … up the Breede River, a large river that comes out near the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas. It is the furthest south a bull shark has been found in Africa.

For a while now, fishermen have spoken about huge Zambezi sharks interfering with their lines in the river. More than a few have laughed at this claim.

The female was given the name Nyami Nyami after the Zambezi river God, and it was caught by professional fisherman Hennie Papenfuss on behalf of SA shark scientists who then set about tagging the beast before returning it to the river where they monitored it for 43 consecutive hours.

Bull Shark caught
Bull Shark caught way inland

Wavescape reports that there already are several facts that scientists consider remarkable about this shark:

  1. Nyami Nyami is the largest Zambezi shark known to science (4m long and weighing between 400 and 500kg). The previous known maximum length is about 3.5m
  2. The furthest south Zambezis have been found is Cape St Francis in the Eastern Cape. Nyami Nyami is the only animal ever observed in the Western Cape, and she is the biggest ever!
  3. 3 Nyami Nyami looked heavily pregnant, suggesting the Breede River could be an important nursery
  1. Axel

    Let them live, they are the last if not a wonder will happen.

  2. ikollapnessuafnthony

    i like bigger sharks….they taste real nice like peanuts you

  3. belzebob

    I agree let them live…they are so much more tender if grilled live…..

  4. Startail

    That is one big shark!!!!! I decided to use this info for a school project and i got an A+ on it.

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  6. Cassidy

    It is a terrible thing that people are still killing sharks for soup. I can guess that poor shark never made it back into the water. Sharks have high levels of magnesium in their blood stream that can cripple the digestive system and even kill a humane. And sharks have never done anything to us. We swim or paddle our surf boards into their home or environment, that makes them either feel threatened and they may bite, or they notice that the board looks strangely like a seal or that underneath, our swimming bodies might look like an injured fish or an easy meal. My point is, we shouldn’t constantly kill innocent sharks for their meat, because when they are gone, we’ll be next. Fish would over populate the ocen, ver crowding until one by one, deiseise would spread killing all fish, leaving only water and alge because all the coral would die without the fish fertilizing the coral. The world would be a sad sad world with out colorful coral and vibrant fish.

    1. Lina

      That shark got released back into the water

    2. Rkc

      You should read the post befor responding, the shark was tagged and released. Also make sure to check your spelling befor trying to play save the sharks, you have so many words spelled wrong for one ocean is not spelled ocen. It just goes to show some people just love to be on the negative when they should be working on themselves, back to elementary my dear learn to comprehend what you read and work on your spelling befor trying to giving advice

      1. smokey

        Nice job idiot. Criticize someone else’s spelling and then spell before, “befor.” Get off your high horse you keyboard warrior.

      2. smokey

        “Befor trying to giving advice”

      3. Rkc Enforcer

        You’re a dope that has nothing better to do than criticize someone else’s post, spelling no less. You must be a real nerd…Stay out of the water KOOK!!!!

  7. Rkc+Enforcer

    You kill shark, shark kill you…meet your fate bloke, one day while you’re on your boogie board (cause I’m sure you’re too gay to surf) Mr. Grey Suit gonna chomp den skinny bones and foam, then spit you out for all the little sharks to eat.

  8. Jem

    I know lots about fish, and it hardly seems fair if it gets killed and fed to people.
    Their are a significant amount of food in the world and this fish is in the river like it should be…

  9. Gil

    In Sydney we have three major rivers, the George’s River which feeds into Botany Bay, the Parramatta River which feeds into Sydney Harbour and the Hawkesbury River which feeds into Broken Bay.
    We have Bull Sharks in all three rivers. Australians used to mistake them for Bronze Whalers. We know the difference now.
    The first recorded attack of a European occurred at the brackish headwaters of the Parramatta River at Parramatta.
    The earliest known recorded shark attack is an Aboriginal carving of a shark attacking a woman in Broken Bay. From the carving it looks like a large Bull Shark.
    They deserve respect. Rivers and estuaries are their home. We are just visitors.


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