New shark research shows the great white shark population of New Zealand is lower than expected.
The study estimates the total number of adults in the eastern population at just 750 and only 5,460 juvenile great white sharks.
This area includes New Zealand, the east coast of Australia and some of the south Pacific.
Scientists from the Department of Conservation (DoC) and National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) contributed to the study.
They provided genetic samples from white sharks tagged near Stewart Island, Chatham Islands and the New Zealand mainland, and from sharks accidentally caught by fishers.
Great white sharks are absolutely protected in New Zealand waters and if people accidentally catch one they must release it immediately alive and unharmed, and are required to notify DoC.