Potential sharks that may occur at the scuba diving wreck of the ex-HMAS Adelaide

eye of angelshark

Eye of angelshark by doug.deep Flickr

Will the ex-HMAS Adelaide when scuttled off Avoca Beach on the New South Wales Central Coast as a recreational scuba diving wreck attract sharks? Well sharks already occur within the area, and in fact, the Crested Horn Shark, the Port Jackson Shark, Spotted Wobbegong and the Blind Shark were all recorded as part of the environmental assessment carried out for the scuttling of the ex-HMAS Adelaide.

Crested Horn Shark

Crested Horn Shark (Heterodontus galeatus) by Richard Ling


Blindshark (Brachaelurus waddi) by Richard Ling

Other sharks that may occur at the ex_HMAS Adelaide dive wreck include Hammerhead Sharks (Sphyrna sp.), Whalers eg Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas), Sevengill Shark (Notorhynchus cepedianus), Threshers (Alopias spp.), Great Whites (Carcharodon carcharias), Grey Nurse Sharks (Carcharias taurus) and Angel Sharks (Squatina spp.) all of which have been captured in shark nets just south of Avoca Beach at Killcare Beach.

Bull Shark, courtesy of pterantula on Flickr

Hammerhead Shark

Hammerhead Shark courtesy of gary J Wood on Flickr

Interestingly,  four Great White Sharks have been captured within shark nets at Avoca beach within the last 28 years.


Great White Shark by WLA on Flickr

So in answer to the question; Will sharks may occur at the ex-HMAS Adelaide scuba diving wreck? Well certainly the answer will be YES!

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