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Dead sharks washes up near Whyalla in South Australia

Investigations are underway into how a shark died after it was found in the shallows of a popular swimming spot.

The bloodied body of the dead animal was was discovered at Point Lowly, near Whyalla in South Australia on Tuesday. 

Speculation is rife on social media the shark was hooked by a local fisherman and left to bleed out. 

In Australia Great White Sharks are considered a protected species and anyone targeting the animal faces fines of up to $10,000.

Investigations are underway into the animal's death after it was discovered at Point Lowly, near Whyalla in South Australia on Tuesday

Members of the Whyalla Fishing Page were quick to launch their own investigation into the animal's death.

One shared a number of photos showing the shark further out at sea, and a picture of two men; one who had hooked something large and heavy on his fishing rod.

Another photo appears to show two men on the rocks hauling the animal into the shore. 

The administrators for the Facebook page condemned the prospect anyone may have been targeting the species, in their weekly fishing report. 

'Disappointing to see a juvenile white pointer washed up on the rocks at Point Lowly during the week,' they wrote.

Protected species such as white pointers if accidentally hooked must and shall be released at the earliest opportuinty otherwise it can be deemed an offence has been committed.' 

Speculation is rife on social media the shark was hooked by a local fisherman and left to bleed out

The Department of Primary Industries and Regions has removed the shark to investigate its cause of death, reported Adelaide Now.  

'Fisheries Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions have responded to reports of a dead protected white shark washed up on rocks near Port Lowly on Tuesday afternoon,' a spokeswoman said.

'With the assistance of locals, the shark was located and retrieved for forensic examination as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the possible cause of death.' 

One shared a number of photos showing the shark further out at sea, and a picture of two men; one who had hooked something large and heavy on his fishing rod

Another photo appears to show two men on the rocks hauling the animal into the shore 

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