Fishing net removal
Late Tuesday June 7th we got an email from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in regards to an abandoned fishing net out by the deep ledge, 110-130 feet.
The email had an image attached that showed the net and a dead Sandbar shark that had gotten tangled in it.
After a few phone calls we were able to put a small group of very experienced divers together to go out on Wednesday morning to retrieve the net before it caused any more damage. With everyone at the shop a plan was discussed for the retrieval of the net and measures were taken to ensure the safety of the divers.
At 10am on June 8th we departed from the Jupiter Dive Center and headed out to the last known location of the net in 108 feet of water, four divers entered the water and spread out in a line to search as we drifted north in a strong current. After drifting for nearly 35 minutes one of the divers found the net after following a trail of damaged sponges on the bottom.
A lift bag was attached to one end of the net and it was floated to the surface.
With all the divers back on the boat we started the task or getting the net on-board the boat, fortunately as we were cutting the net that was round the dead shark if fell out of the net and all the net was brought on the boat safely.
Sandbar Shark: Carcharhinus plumbeus
- Snout broadly rounded and short
- First dorsal fin triangular and very high
- Poorly developed dermal ridge between dorsal fins
- Brown or gray in color with white underside
- Upper and lower teeth finely serrated
Sandbar sharks are a near-shore fish typically found at depths ranging from 60 to 200 feet.
These sharks are both predators and scavengers. Feeding occurs chiefly near the bottom on fish and shellfish. Sandbar sharks migrate long distances and they mature at about 6 feet in length.
State Record: This species is not currently eligible for a state record.
Sandbar sharks are similar in appearance to the dusky shark, Carcharhinus obscurus; and the bull shark, Carcharhinus leucas.