Sharks are among the most persecuted
animals on Earth. Nicole’s blockbuster
story lifts the lid on the shocking
details of the trade in shark fins, and
raises awareness of the plight of sharks
in the 21st century.
In November 2003 a female Great White
Shark was tagged near Dyer Island in
South Africa. Her tag popped up in
February 2004, just south of Western
Australia. The shark, later to be named
Nicole (after shark enthusiast Nicole
Kidman), had swum an epic 11,000 km.
Scientists were even more surprised when
she was identified back in South Africa
in August 2004 – she had covered 22,000
km in less than nine months, using
pinpoint navigation both ways.
Since then, many Great Whites have been
tagged and have shown a propensity for
undertaking long migrations – but none
has yet matched Nicole's amazing feat.
This story incorporates a blend of
science, actual events and real people,
along with conjecture as to what might
have happened on Nicole's momentous
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