Date
18 January 2017
A two-foot-long shark was spotted at Butterfly Beach in Tuen Mun. Photo: RTHK
A two-foot-long shark was spotted at Butterfly Beach in Tuen Mun. Photo: RTHK

Tuen Mun beach closes after 2-foot-long shark caught

A two-foot-long shark was spotted at Butterfly Beach in Tuen Mun on Thursday, prompting officials to close the area, Sing Tao Daily reports.

The shark was first found trapped in the shark net but it died soon after it was put in a bucket.

Several dozens of swimmers were advised to leave the waters and the beach was ordered closed as a precaution.

The dead shark, a young Scoliodon macrorhynchos, was handed to specialists at the Ocean Park for an autopsy.

While the beach was closed, marine police officers were seen patrolling the nearby waters in search of “big fish”.

A beach goer, who saw the shark, said he would avoid swimming out to the raft for safety reasons.

Another witness said she would not go to deep waters, although she has never seen a shark in the beach area.

However, some beach goers have turned a deaf ear to the warning and continued to swim within the shark net.

Lifeguards repaired a part of the protective net which sustained a slight damage.

According to Apple Daily, a Scoliodon Macrorhynchos doesn’t attack humans under normal circumstances.

However, they are known to attack in groups when they are hunted by predators.

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