Scuba diver claims ‘cowboy’ trophy hunters are using pig carcasses to lure huge sharks closer to shore near swimmers – as she reveals a photo of a dead shark with her name carved into it left as a warning
- Claims pig and shark carcasses are being used to lure big sharks
- Scuba diver Lisa Hills has campaigned against the practice
- She posted an image of a shark with her name carved into it
Trophy hunters are dumping mutilated pigs and small shark carcasses in the ocean as bait for bigger sharks – as one scuba diver discovers her name horrifyingly carved into the body of a dead shark.
Perth scuba diver Lisa Hills has campaigned against the practice and claims carcasses are still being used illegally to attract sharks for social media clicks.
Ms Hills was recently sent a horrifying image of a dead shark that had her name carved into its body.
‘A friend of a friend of mine sent me an image of a shark carcass with my name engraved in it,’ she told radio station 6PR.
‘Cowboy’ trophy hunters are dumping pig and small shark carcasses into the ocean along the WA coastline to attract bigger sharks, claims diver and vert Lisa Hills
‘You can imagine how shocked I was when I received that.’
She explained that before she started scuba diving she ran a campaign to ‘ban the release of helium balloons’.
‘Through that, I realised very early on that balloons are used for shark fishing. So I upset the fishermen a while ago and I guess some people remember my name.
‘I never thought anyone would actually go that low to physically go out, intentionally, kill a shark and carve my name on it and throw it back hoping someone would see it.’
‘I have reported it to police and I do worry the next time they threaten me it could be with the knife to my neck. This incident shows what these people are capable of,’ Ms Hills told WA Today.
Ms Hills described people who use pigs and shark carcasses for bait as ‘trophy hunters’.
‘They’re actually using kayaks to drop them out and using things to weigh them down like scaffolding brackets and concrete,’ she said.
‘People aren’t aware of what’s going on until they see this shark being pulled in and these people are then put in the media as heroes but really they don’t give a damn about the lives of other beach goers, putting their lives at risk.
‘It’s for their ego, it’s for their Instagram.’
Seasoned scuba diver Lisa Hills was sent a photo of a dead shark in the ocean with her name carved in its body
Recreational shark fishing has been banned near beaches in Fremantle and the City of Cockburn
Ms Hills described ‘two types of shark fishermen’ – the ones who do it ‘as a sport’ who catch and release them.
She explained the other type are the ones who ‘get a kick’ out of catching sharks, torturing them and killing them.
The vet revealed that a shark that was recently captured had its tail severed and was left on the shore of a beach to slowly die.
Recreational shark fishing has been banned near beaches in Fremantle and the City of Cockburn.
There is also a statewide ban on catching grey nurse, white, speartooth and whale sharks.