Wildlife-lovers going on holidays to Australia may wish to pay a visit to Sydney’s Shelly Beach following news released today (September 16th).

Wildlife-lovers going on holidays to Australia may wish to pay a visit to Sydney’s Shelly Beach following news released today (September 16th).

Biologists have released seven captive-bred wobbegong or carpet sharks into the wild in a bid to learn more about their behaviour, it has been announced.

The sharks are tagged and are now 80cm long, although they are expected to grow to around three metres in length.

Wobbegongs are bottom-feeders and are harmless to humans unless they are threatened.

Claudette Rechtorik, coordinator of the Sydney Aquarium Conservation Fund, said the move should encourage people to see the creatures as an endangered species that needs to be conserved.

“Sharks are suffering declines all over the world. We need to raise awareness of sharks and their role in the ecosystem and that they’re not trying to harm us,” she commented.

Earlier this month, David Potts, writing for the Sydney Morning Herald, said that Fraser Island’s Kingfisher Bay is ideal for people looking for eco-holidays.

The resort is 45 minutes by air from Brisbane.

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