SHARKS NEXT FOR CROC MAN
News Source: The Courier-Mail, page 16, April 7 2005
Picture: Graeme Parkes
CROCODILE Hunter Steve Irwin is set to become the Shark Hunter.
He and Queensland’s Environment Minister Desley Boyle, yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding at his Sunshine Coast-based Australia Zoo that will bolster research into endangered grey nurse sharks and turtles.
As part of the agreement, Irwin has offered the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and academic institutions the use of his new purpose-designed 22m marine research vessel dubbed Croc One.
An excited Irwin said the new boat would also be used for marine wildlife rescues in waters north of Moreton Island.
The new deal expands on a similar agreement signed by the zoo and QPWS last year which has led to breakthroughs in crocodile research.