11 Jan 2024

Suspicions Sydney's 'Gus the Groper' is still alive

From Morning Report, 8:56 am on 11 January 2024

A Sydney diver is pouring cold water on rumours a famous fish allegedly shot by a New Zealand-based spearfisher may still be alive.

The man was caught posing with a dead fish that greatly resembled Gus the Groper in Cronulla's Oak Park Marine Reserve just before New Year's Eve.

The 26-year-old was fined $500 for spearing in the reserve, but locals are devastated by the loss of the region's most famous fish - and some are claiming the fish caught wasn't actually Gus.

Sydney professional scuba diver Peter Letts spoke with Charlotte Cook.