Thursday, April 06, 2006

Fisherman exploiting a great white shark accidental death

Warwick Harris has put the giant jaws on internet auction site TradeMe with a $10,000 opening bid.

He hopes bids for the relic of the female shark – believed to be the largest caught in New Zealand – will climb even higher. "There's some pretty rich Americans out there. What's $US15 million to them," he said.

The catch had been reported on US television and Mr Harris had received inquiries from as far afield as Scotland.

The shark had a 152cm fur seal intact in its stomach when it was trapped in his net off the coast north of Raglan in October.

He had scraped the flesh off the jaws and jammed them over a beer crate to set them.
Mr Harris' daughter Paige, seven, had found the teeth entertaining but he was just keen to sell them.

The auction closes on April 11.


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