Western Australians are expected to come out in droves to protest the state's controversial shark cull this weekend, on the heels of the first shark death carried out by the program. The event is set to take place at Manly Beach north of Sydney and draw 2,000 protesters.
It's an opportune moment for the protest, as two more sharks were caught on the lines on Friday, according to Australia's Daily Telegraph.
The protests come just as it was announced two sharks have been caught on Perth's drum lines, which were deployed only hours ago to catch and kill big sharks off metropolitan beaches. The first was a 1m tiger shark caught off Cottesloe, which was released by Fisheries Department officers because it was below the 3m catch limit. The second shark, a 2.6m tiger shark, was caught about 11.30am. Although both sharks will be released rather than culled, it was only a matter of size that will keep them breathing.
This weekend's protest is reminiscent of a similar one at the beginning of January that drew over 4,000 people to the beaches of Perth.