FIRST ON 7: The discovery of a second great white shark in three days trapped in nets at Sydney's iconic Bondi has set off fierce debate.
While many swimmers are no doubt relieved to have been spared a close encounter, conservationists are arguing the nets are killing too many creatures of the deep.
Local spear fisherman Ian Puckeridge spotted the shark this morning and took us out to see it.
"It's quite awesome to see them in the water when they're alive, not so great when they're dead and laying on the bottom in a net," he told 7News Sydney.
It's estimated the shark has been the Bondi area for around two days, being feasted upon by other creatures of the deep.
"It's crazy that a net can take it down like that," Puckeridge said.
"It's meant to be one of the most beautiful creatures in the ocean."
Despite the 7News report that revealed the shark find, the Department of Primary Industries says it first needs to confirm there is a dead shark before making attempting to remove it.
With more warm weather expected across Sydney this weekend, the sight of another shark being hauled through Bondi waters will no doubt alarm some beachgoers.
Waverley Council estimates the nets protect around four million beachgoers every year - but it's not just sharks that are getting caught.
Animal rights supporters believe the nets are cruel and want other protective devices used to keep our beaches and creatures safe.
"I think they kill the animals unnecessarily we have newer options to provide people safety," said Sealife Sydney Aquarium's Marty Garwood.
"If you swim between the flags you're not going to be at risk at all."
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