Much about the great white shark has eluded Aussie scientists for years, but now a team of researchers from Tasmania claim to be the first to put a figure on their population.
The new report released by CSIRO scientists assesses the great white shark population along Australia’s East Coast at between 750 and 1,200 adults.
The results were made possible due to new genetic testing conducted by the National Environmental Science Program using a cutting-edge DNA fingerprinting technique.
The research is released just days after former boxer Craig Ison fought off a great white shark off the coast of New South Wales. He remains in hospital.
Less than a week earlier, Tasmanian man Damian Johnson was killed by a suspected great white while diving for scallops.
Throughout August, Nat Geo Wild will be taking a closer look at these misunderstood ocean predators during Sharkfest with six new documentaries about sharks and their role in the ecosystem.
Sharkfest premieres Saturdays at 7.30pm on Nat Geo WILD