The grim pictures show the shark using a hook and trace still attached. Kalk Bay harbour master Pat Stacey says the pictures appear to have been taken in Centurian Pest Control.
He said it had been almost impossible for a shark that size to be caught and also for it to be kept silent.
Stacey believes that it was someone simply trying to cause a sensation. Anyone who killed a Great White faced 10 years in prison or a R50 000 fine.
Before, a vigilante group threatened to bait Great Whites with chickens stuffed with broken glass and to take every shark in False Bay, after Tyna Webb, 77, was killed by a shark at Fish Hoek. However, Mike Meyer of Marine and Coastal Management believes that it was just hysteria.
He said at least three people had verified that the shark pictures had been taken years ago. “It’s a hoax and just as well,” he said. Meyer stated Marine and Coastal Management had tried to track the origin of the email but it had been sent to so many people that it was difficult to find where it began.
He wished people would place the issue in view:”So few people are killed by sharks compared to hippos and other wild animals, yet there is so much hysteria around a shark attack.”
And these were not the first hoax pictures Meyer had seen.
“There is one that turns up every so often, of huge sharks near bathers off a beach in KwaZulu-Natal throughout a sardine run. But a person has just Photoshopped them in – we have the first picture in which there are no sharks.”