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Fishermen catch – and release – enormous bull shark in Sydney Harbour, as wet summer swells numbers

Fishermen make a VERY surprising catch in Sydney Harbour as they hook a giant 2.5-metre bull shark – with Aussie waters seeing a boom in the predators

  • Video of bull shark has already been viewed more than 335,000 times 
  • Bull sharks are known to be the most aggressive of all shark species
  • Fisherman emphasises it is important to release after catching them 










Australia’s very wet La Niña summer has led to a boom in bull sharks near popular fishing and holiday swimming spots, and also in Sydney Harbour.

The wetter-than-average 2021-22 summer is likely to be causing a rise in bull sharks’ numbers because of plentiful food in flooded rivers and creeks ending up in estuaries. 

Two Sydney fishermen caught what is one of the most aggressive of all shark species in the harbour and posted their exploits with the 2.5 metre beast to video sharing site TikTok

Their video has already been viewed more than 335,000 times.

This 2.5 metre bull shark (pictured) was caught and released in Sydney Harbour by shocked fishermen

It opens with a close up of the shark on the rocks at Birchgrove Ferry wharf in Sydney’s inner west after being caught by Hassan Alameri, 23, and a friend.

As one man takes the video, the other tries to get the enormous creature back into the water by getting behind it and pulling it by the fin. 

But the shark is not too pleased with that and starts thrashing about, leading to the man jumping out of the way at great speed.

‘I think it’s going to hit me,’ he says as he leaps to safety. 

The shark then calms down and stays still. 

‘Oh, he’s solid, bro,’ one man says to the other. 

The man who had just run for his life then regains his bravery and lifts the top of the shark’s mouth to expose its razor sharp teeth for the camera.

He then goes behind the shark again to have another go at getting the beast back into the water. 

The major problem with catching and releasing a bull shark (pictured) is the release part can be tricky

The major problem with catching and releasing a bull shark (pictured) is the release part can be tricky

As the shark starts to thrash about again, the man holding the camera advises his friend: ‘Whichever way he’s going, go the other way.’

It turns out to be good advice. The shark goes left, he goes right and gets out of the water.  

Mr Alameri says he’s caught around a dozen bull sharks in Sydney and the one starring in his viral video is only his ‘third-biggest’. 

He says it was about 2.5 metres long and ‘it was pretty darn heavy’.

‘It’s such an adrenaline rush seeing such a big creature come out, it’s quite the fight too, I wasn’t quite ready for it,’ he told the Daily Telegraph.

Mr Alameri emphasises the importance of releasing sharks because an increase in the amount of fishers mean more are being caught than ever.

There has been a big increase in the number of bull sharks (pictured) due to Australia's very wet La Niña summer

There has been a big increase in the number of bull sharks (pictured) due to Australia’s very wet La Niña summer

‘For us recreational fisherman we catch and release, take a photo then release as safely as possible,’ he says.

‘You can see in the video that the shark is always in the water, it always has water running over its gills, it was on the bank for a maximum two to three minutes. 

‘It’s important not to play around with these animals.’

Australia’s La Niña weather pattern was declared in November and rainfall has been far higher than usual.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, January rainfall was 22 per cent above average for Australia as a whole. 

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