Commercial fishermen on WA's south coast got more than they bargained for when they netted a 4m great white shark just 100m off a popular beach this week.
The huge shark drowned tangled in a herring net at Cheyne Beach, about 60km east of Albany on Wednesday morning.
It had been unable to move and pass water over its gills.
Tony Westerberg, whose family has fished at Cheyne for decades, said big sharks were rare at the beach and it was the biggest he had seen there in a long time.
"It's not the first time it's happened and it won't be the last but this is the biggest one we've had in quite a while," he said.
Fellow Cheyne fisher Dumpy Wheatcroft said the shark being loaded on to a forklift proved a spectacle for tourists.
"They were absolutely bloody rapt to get that close to a monster like that," Mr Wheatcroft said.
Cheynes Beach Caravan Park owner Allan Marsh said the risk of shark attacks at the beach was very low. "It's the first white pointer I've seen there and I've been here 12 years," he said.
Fisheries Department director-general Stuart Smith said the shark could not be revived and would be used for research.
"Given how few white sharks have been dissected, this information will make an important contribution to understanding the species' biology," he said.