The study examined the stomach contents of 40 young white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias) caught in the NSW Shark Meshing Program.
The researchers compared this with data published in South Africa, to establish a nutritional framework for the species.
Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska, an adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Charles Perkins Centre and a co-author of the study, said: “Understanding the nutritional goals of these cryptic predators and how these relate to migration patterns will give insights into what drives human-shark conflict and how we can best protect this species.”
Mr Grainger added: “White sharks have a varied diet. As well as east Australian salmon, we found evidence of other bony fish including eels, whiting, mullet and wrasses.