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Great White Shark Filmed In Waves Just Inches Away From Byron Bay Surfers


Footage has emerged online showing a great white shark cruising just inches away from surfers at The Pass in Byron Bay.

The shark, which appears to be around 5 feet or 1.5 metres in length, shows no real interest in the surfers as far as a food source, but the footage supports local sentiment that there are plenty of white sharks in the area and in particular that numbers may be increasing.


A recent string of encounters and bites on surfers has pushed authorities and the government to pursue a controversial trial of shark nets and other options in an attempt to mitigate the risk of shark attack to surfers and swimmers in the area.



Jaw-Dropping New Footage Emerges Of Massive Great White Stuck In Cage With Divers


NEW VIDEO: Absolutely frightening footage has been released showing a considerably large great white shark stuck vertically in a shark cage of Guadalupe Island, with the jaws of the shark just inches above the heads of divers.

For what seems like an eternity, the shark thrashes about in its struggle, with one diver forced to fend of the shark with her arm as its mouth sweeps back and forth dangerously close to the diver.

Footage from both inside the cage and from a secondary cage has been released after a report was published on the Blue Water Travel website, where diver Katie Yonker retold of the experience which saw airlines bitten through and divers scrambling for their lives.

“Less than half way through the dive a female shark approximately 13 – 15 feet long approached Yann and he pushed her away from the cage. A few seconds later, the shark bit the air hose that supplies air from the surface to the divers in the cage, creating an explosion of air bubbles. Yann noticed an immediate loss of air flowing to his regulator, so he descended a few feet down to turn on the one-way valve from the surface supply hose so that the hookah system would not lose pressure,” she said.

[mk_blockquote style=”quote-style” font_family=”none” text_size=”12″ align=”left”]”It’s hard to put into words the thoughts and feelings that went through my head during this terrifying experience. The first minute or so felt like a horrific earthquake underwater, and I kept thinking, “We just need to wait this out.” But in the back of my head I feared the cage would break apart and this would be the end for me. I was calm, but felt very, very sad.” – Katie Yonker[/mk_blockquote]

“While Yann was turning on the valve, the shark swam vertically down into the balcony of the cage, made a sharp turn, and swam right through the bars of the cage. She thrashed around for several seconds and in the process got further lodged into the bars of the cage.


“After about 30 seconds, Katie B. was able to descend down the ladder to the lower part of the cage to join David and me. We stood, gripping the cage in an attempt to stay upright while the cage circled back and forth and at one point was at a 45-degree angle due to the shark’s thrashing. Yann’s regulator had been knocked out of his mouth by the shark, so he retreated to the surface to catch a breath of air and to tell the crew to bring up the cage. I turned on my GoPro just in time to capture the largest shark we had seen, Air Demon AKA “Big Mama,” swimming vertically within a few feet of our cage only seconds after Yann had exited the cage and ascended to the surface,” she adds.

Footage from secondary cage by Peter Maguire


In the end the cage had to be raised before divers could work to free the shark. By some measure of extreme good fortune it appears nobody was injured and the shark was eventually able to swim off relatively unharmed, although we believe it would have been just as rattled as the divers were after such an unusual and frightening encounter.

In the footage below, from inside the cage, you can hear the sound of the muscular mass of the shark squeezing and torquing the metal of the cage, it’s quite unnerving.

In the first clip from the secondary cage, check the giant great white at 1:20 coming in to investigate the commotion.

Recent incidents like this have raised questions about the practice of recreational shark cage diving with, in particular, great white sharks. Some have called for greater regulations of the practice and changes to the equipment they use to prevent such negative encounters – to prevent a potential tragedy as well as potential harm to the animals.

There has even been calls to ban the practice with a prominent surfing identity recently telling LiQUiFY that they believe there is great risk that the sharks will only further associate boats, divers and people with food and it will increase the risk of attacks and bites on divers, swimmers and surfers.

Nobody can argue the thrill of getting up close with these magnificent creatures though, and to do it from a cage in relative safety is a very popular pastime among divers these days.

Footage from inside the cage by Katie Yonker


Insane footage from a great white stuck in the top of a cage that was released last week from Guadalupe Island, from Gabe & Garrett


Surfer Sustains Leg Injury From Encounter With Large Shark In Ballina



UPDATE: The NSW Premier Mike Baird has caved in to pressure revealing that shark nets similar to those used in Queensland will be installed on key northern NSW beaches if he can secure federal approval.

Baird has told the NSW parliament he would write to the Federal Government to ask for permission to install nets where supposed eco-friendly alternatives had failed.

“Ultimately we get to the point where we have to prioritise human life over everything,” he said.

“The sentiment in that local community has shifted – it was against nets, no doubt about it.

“The recent attacks have started to shift that, and there is a move and a change within that community.

“We will be writing to the Federal Government asking for a six-month trial of nets on those North Coast beaches.”

The move is said to have support from Labor however the Greens are reported to be outraged by the move.

Seneca Rus from Brunswick Heads narrowly avoided becoming shark food this morning // Photo via Facebook

The debate over the effectiveness of shark nets is a divisive and hot tempered issue, with the indiscriminate way in which non-target species are often killed.

In the wake of this mornings shark incident at Sharpes Beach, police have photographed the surfboard and the man’s leg wound in the hopes of identifying the species and size of the shark responsible.

In a press conference held just now, New South Wales Police Inspector Doug Conners has said that the man is, “a very, very lucky boy.”

Inspector Conners also said that all beaches have been closed in the Ballina Shire until 1:30pm tomorrow afternoon, when a further assessment of the conditions will be made by authorities before reopening the beaches.

Local surfer Scott Crump, who witnessed the attack said the man was thrust into the air by the impact of the shark striking the board. Crump has since said, “guy was super lucky. So was I argh … scary times!”

EARLIER: There has been yet another serious shark incident this morning at Sharpes Beach, just north of Ballina, near Flat Rock and Skennars Head on the northern New South Wales Coast.

Local surfer and shaper Scott Crump witnessed the attack // Pic via Facebook

Seneca Rus, a 25-year-old Brunswick Heads man, was struck this morning by a large shark which bit down on his board, just missing the surfer but leaving him with a single deep puncture wound to his lower right leg.

The wound is said to be non-life-threatening in nature.

The incident reportedly took place in clear conditions and close to shore at around 10:30am local time.

Local surfer and board shaper Scott Crump posted to his Facebook earlier that, “A guy just got hit by a shark 50 meters from me at Sharpes Spot X … Do not surf there today. Check his board! he is OK … and VERY lucky!!!”

He added that it , “freaked me out..was such a perfect clear Aussie morning with fun little peaks and dolphins everywhere.”

Photos of the man’s board after the encounter with what has been described as a large shark at around 10:30am local time today // Photo via Facebook

The full circumstances and type or size of shark are unknown at this time.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reported that Mr Crump said, “the water was clear and there didn’t appear to be any baitfish in the water, only a pod of dolphins.”

The injured man’s friends assisted him and took him to the local Ballina hospital to seek treatment for the puncture wound on his leg.

Two and a half weeks ago local surfer Cooper Allen was bitten by a large great white shark whilst surfing at Lighthouse Beach, just a couple of kilometres to the south of today’s reported incident. Cooper is said to be doing well in his recover after suffering several deep puncture wounds to his upper thigh.

The region from Ballina north to Byron Bay has seen a prolific spike in shark encounters and incidents both fatal and non-fatal in recent years – the debate over what to do about it is still raging on.

We will post more information as it comes to light.

Photos Emerge From Yesterday’s Shark Incident In Ballina – Update On Cooper Allen’s Recovery


GRAPHIC IMAGE BELOW – Discretion Advised

Ballina’s Cooper Allen, the 17-year-old who was bitten on the upper leg yesterday by what was believed to be a 3.5m great white shark, is said to be in good spirits and is expected to make a full recovery.

His injuries, whilst severe, are of a nature that should allow him to fully recover in time, although with some scarring.

It has been reported that the shark’s teeth narrowly missed his major artery and blood vessels and as such, the prognosis is quite good considering what could have been.

17-Year-old bitten by large great white shark at Ballina’s North Wall





Cooper is in good spirits despite his injuries // image via Facebook
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