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Choose a Shark

Over the years, we have clearly identified over 350 individual sharks from their tags, photographic profiling, and the recognition of their distinctive markings. Some of these sharks, we see once and then never recognize them ever again, whilst others revisit the islands year after year, or re-appearing after not being identified for a year or so.

The sharks we offer for sponsorship are those who show distinctive marks, or have been star performers on several of our previous dates, preferably spanning more than one year and whom we hope to identify more reliably again in the future seasons from our pictures and video profiling.

Please select which shark you would like to sponsor:

Fin Friend Sharks -     What is this package?

  

Strappy

Strappy
Strappy
 

Strappy is a 2.5m male shark. He has become infamous after appearing at the Neptune Islands with packaging tape wrapped around his head and gill area, seemingly cutting deeper as he grew and no doubt interfering with his ability to eat, breathe effectively and function healthily.

After a number of unsuccessful attempts, Andrew Fox was eventually able to cut the packaging tape free and remove it from Strappy, no doubt saving his life. He was seen the next day with a pronounced potbelly, probably a result of finally being able to feed properly again.

He has distinctive white markings on his dorsal fin, as well as scarring from the wounds inflicted by the tape.

Mares, who accompanied us on the rescue trip, have taken out an Elite Adoption of Strappy, but have kindly allowed us to offer him for sponsorship to everyone since his story touched so many people!

Read the full Strappy story here

Click here to sponsor Strappy


 

   
Moo
Moo
 

Moo

First tagged in June 2002, Moo is a mature 4.6m male, with a distinctive shaped dorsal fin which is missing a portion from the very bottom trailing edge. Moo has become a regular visitor to the Neptune Islands, being identified in the winter months of 2002, and 2004-2010, as well as in summer 2011, and most recently in winter 2012.

Moo was featured in the last filmed chapter of the final Steve Irwin documentary "Oceans Most Deadliest". Tragically Steve died in the same week preceding this shoot, however the film crew with host Philippe Cousteau carried on and finished the project as Steve would have wished them to. It was the absolute best shark dive that Philippe had ever done, and the whole crew were very impressed by the Neptune Island Great White Sharks, and Moo in particular!

Click here to sponsor Moo


Mrs Moo
Mrs Moo
 

Mrs Moo

The lovable "Mrs Moo" is a 4.5+ metre female, easily identifiable by the distinctive white rosette patterning on her lower caudal.

She was named Mrs. Moo as she seems often to accompany another of our regular sharks “Moo” . She tends not to approach the cages very closely, not as much through caution, but perhaps through wisdom that they are non-edible, hard structures, not worthy of closer attention. She has developed a strategy of polaris attacks in the North Neptune Islands bay towards seals and seabirds and has also surprised our bait handlers from below and kept them on their toes. Other than when she increased speed on these attacking approaches, her regular swimming speed was a steady, medium paced swim, characteristic of a large dominant and confident shark.

Click here to sponsor Mrs. Moo

 

Foxy Girl
Foxy Girl
 

Foxy Girl

Foxy Girl is a 3.5m female white shark. Her name reflects the beautifully distinctive marking on her lower caudal fin, which we think resembles the head of a fox – plus she is a beautiful looking shark. She is one of the most highly marked sharks we have seen, with lots of white on her dorsal and caudal fins, and also around her gills. She is a calm, easy-going, modest girl, she does not approach us too closely, preferring to keep a comfortable distance – actually very serene!  She has been visiting the Neptunes annually since 2009 in the late autumn-early winter.

Click here to sponsor Foxy Girl

Chompy
Chompy
 

Chompy

Chompy is a 4m male white shark, sighted in December 2008. He is a cheeky and friendly boy, with the cutest smile of any shark we've known! He swam round and round our ocean floor cage, curious and calm and is probably one of the friendliest sharks we have seen.

Although we have not recorded him since 2008, we are not always able to ID every shark on a given day, and still have some images from recent years to look through for matches. Sharks often will not be sighted for several years before returning once more, so we have high hopes we will see his cheeky face again in the future.

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Shark Tracker Sharks -    What is this package?

Kiwi
Kiwi
 

Kiwi

Kiwi is a 3.8 metre female, easily identifiable by the distinctive white rosettes on her dorsal and caudal fins.   She delights divers both at the surface cages and down on the bottom in the submersible cages. She is feisty and confident, but is a very slow swimming shark! She has a very relaxed, leisurely manner around the boat and has become a favourite shark to photograph as she swims slowly and closely to the cages.


She was tagged on the 19th June 2011 and remained at the Neptune Islands for over 2 months. She was then spotted again April to July 2012. With this history of an annual residency period, we are hopeful she will become a regular visitor to us for years to come.   After leaving the Neptunes in late August 2011, she was detected on listening stations in King George Sound, off the coast of southern Western Australia in November. 

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Robbie
Robbie
 

Robbie

Robbie is a 4m male white shark, who has a confident and laid-back personality. He was first tagged in 2010, and since then has been periodically pinging off on the receiver throughout the winter seasons. He seems to not be bothered with our vessel, often being detected on the receiver on the same days we are on site, but without coming close to the vessel for us to see him. He is a bit of a nomad - unlike some of the sharks we see who stay around for weeks or months at a time, Robbie leaves the Neptunes for weeks at a time, before coming back for a day or so, and then heading off again – as if he is checking in once every few weeks on his normal rounds!

Click here to sponsor Robbie

Avaleigh
Avaleigh
 

Avaleigh

Avaleigh is a 3.9 metre female, easily identifiable by the distinctive  shape of her lower caudal which has a section missing, probably due  to an old bite from another shark. She was first seen and tagged in June 2011 at South Neptune Islands, before travelling to North Neptunes for one day and then returning to South Neptunes in mid August. She was also sighted in 2012. She tends to approach the bottom cages very closely, with a curious and cheeky manner!

Click here to sponsor Avaleigh