beach closed as large sharks move in on giant baitfish
school for an easy feed, by MATTHEW CULLEN - 11 th
baitfish school like this one has attracted sharks
just offshore at Maroubra beach.
MAROUBRA beach has been closed and lifesavers and
the Westpac Life Saver helicopter called in after
a 3m shark was sighted near shore for the second time
12.10 this afternoon a Blue Sky Helicopters pilot
saw the large shark feeding on a massive baitfish
school about 200m from shore at the beach.
alerted the Westpac Life Saver crew who warned lifeguards
and dispatched a helicopter to the scene.
SHARK HAS MOVED ON ... BUT TO WHERE?
Life Saver Rescue Helicopter CEO Stephen Leahy said
a very large school of baitfish had lured the shark
to the area.
lifeguards closed the beach and they asked us to have
a look as well, Mr Leahy said.
arrival the helicopter discovered a slightly smaller
hammerhead shark had joined the feasting on the baitfish.
helicopter crew and lifeguards on jetskis helped to
break up the baitfish ball and drive the sharks further
out to sea.
was second time this week a large shark has been seen
Monday a much larger shark was spotted at the beach,
again by pilots from Blue Sky Helicopters.
are a lot of baitfish and the water is still nice
and warm at the moment which means the baitfish are
hanging around longer, Mr Leahy said.
sharks are simply following them.
will stay abreast of the situation ahead of a Surf
Life Saving Branch Age championships at the beach
on Sunday which will see 1400 nippers descend on the
will always monitor the situation on the day and make
a decision depending on a number of conditions,
Mr Leahy said.
is why people should always swim at patrolled beaches.
is not just that if they get into trouble they can
be saved but they can be prevented from entering into
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