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According to reports, grey nurse sharks are critically low in number with estimates of 1,500 found on the east coast of Australia.
Oceanworld shark expert Rob Townsend said the grey nurse sharks, normally one of the most docile species, thought it was time to eat when the lights went out.
David Blyde reached between the jaws of the 10 foot grey nurse shark to dislodge the pole with a hooked end, which had stuck in the animal's digestive tract leaving the long metal handle sticking from its mouth.
Aa Also known as grey nurse sharks, the large bodied sand tiger sharks reach up to 11 feet (3.
Acoustic devices have also been installed on the seabed at New South Wales beaches - popular with British tourists - so that scientists can monitor the movements of great white and grey nurse sharks.
The Sydney dive trip was Dr Earle's first opportunity to see a Grey Nurse shark --there are only around 500 of these sharks left in the world and she had never seen one.
According to reports, Saunders was attacked by a grey nurse shark and suffered deep puncture wounds.
The 10ft grey nurse shark got a large fisherman's hook stuck in its throat while hunting off Australia.
The grey nurse shark was spotted with the gaff in its mouth by divers off the coast of New South Wales, Australia.
The sand tiger sharks form part of the 33,000 expected population of aquatic animals in Dubai Aquarium, they are also known as grey nurse sharks.