Startling moment a two-metre shark prowls close to the shoreline of a popular beach as swimmers are forced to get out of the water on Easter Sunday – but the beachgoers soon make a surprising discovery
- Swimmers rushed from the water at Yarra Bay when a shark started circling
- Stunned beachgoers lined the sand to catch a glimpse of the two-metre shark
- A woman on a boat took footage of the encounter while onlookers screamed
Swimmers enjoying a dip at a popular Sydney beach on Easter Sunday were forced to rush from the water when a shark started circling just a metre from the shoreline.
The two-metre shark was spotted in foot-deep water at Yarra Bay in the eastern suburbs on Sunday.
But beachgoers’ fear soon turned to concern as they noticed the shark was injured and unable to move properly.
Swimmers lined the sand to watch on as three men tried to help the shark go back out to the ocean.
‘There’s something wrong with it guys, just let it go,’ one man said as the shark toppled to its side, appearing to be in pain.
Swimmers enjoying a dip at a popular Sydney beach on Easter Sunday were forced to rush from the water when a shark started circling just a metre from the shoreline
A woman on a boat took footage of the close encounter, while onlookers screamed in excitement
A woman on a boat took footage of the close encounter, while onlookers screamed in excitement.
Researchers say sharks prefer warmer waters and will gravitate toward the shore if the temperatures are higher there.
The sighting comes just a week after a spear fisherman was bitten by a shark near Coral Bay, 1,200 kilometres north of Perth.
The man, in his 20s, suffered a 5 to 8cm wound to his calf when he was attacked by a whaler or bull shark about 500 to 1000 metres offshore, south of Warroora Station.
Witness Nick Hardie was fishing nearby when he saw the victim and his partner hurling his way, The West Australian reported.
‘We saw this white boat come rushing up to us and we were a bit confused,’ Mr Hardie said.
‘We saw that a guy was sitting in the floor of the boat and there was blood all over the boat.’
Researchers say sharks prefer warmer waters, so they’ll gravitate toward the shore if the temperatures are higher there. Pictured: an aerial view of the shark at Yarra Bay