Helicopters will continue patrolling Northern Rivers beaches during the school holidays to protect swimmers and surfers from sharks.
More than 10 surfers were forced to return to shore on Saturday after a patrol helicopter spotted a 3-metre great white shark off Boulder Beach around 10.30am.
Images posted by Rotorwing Helicopter Services, a Lismore-based company, show the shark swimming close to the surfers.
‘These photos do not do the situation justice as when we first spotted this shark it was in the line up with 10+ Surfers,’ Rotorwing posted on its Facebook site.
The post said the shark was ‘close enough to pat’.
“Everybody in the water responded to our signals and the beach was cleared immediately.
‘The shark continued to swim south towards flat rock beach where helicopters continued to monitor its movements.
Rotorwing flew another patrol on Sunday but no sharks were spotted.