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Sharks in Port Phillip Bay

Join this Vicfix campaign and help restore details to historic reports of sharks in Port Phillip Bay

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About sharks in Port Phillip Bay

Summertime shark sightings in Port Phillip Bay were common in the first half of the 20th century, with sharks arousing panic among bathers and anglers from Sorrento to Port Melbourne.

Newspaper reports of the time run the gamut from sober to salacious, and include surprising details on the fate of both sharks and humans in these encounters. 

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Landing a shark, Port Phillip Bay, wood engraving, Hugh George for Wilson and MacKinnon, 1876

Sharks in Port Phillip Bay

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