A project of CSIRO & BHP Billiton.
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Species: Whale Shark
Life Stage: Sub-Adult
Release Date: 2017-06-08 16:52:00
Release Location: Ningaloo Reef
Last Location: 2017-10-08 00:20:08
This ~ 8.5 metre long male shark was named "Hagrid" following a naming competition at the 2017 Ningaloo Whale Shark Festival. Claudia Johnson entered the name "Hagrid" for the following reasons: "Hagrid was the gentle giant in Harry Potter. He seemed frightening but he actually looked after people and saved Harry. Hagrid was the keeper of the Keys and Grounds, so he looked after the environment, and who could come in and out, so we need his help to look after the whale sharks and the ocean."