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I am a keen swimmer who swims the Pass – Club House four times a week. I have continued to swim since the shark attack by the Great White last week.
However I believe that the state government must bear some responsibility for this event  as the attack happened at one of Australia’s most popular beaches, the attack happened in broad daylight, the attack happened 15 m from shore and the attack happened 1 week out from school holidays .
Why was such a popular beach un-patrolled from land, sea or air? This shark was extremely large and extremely visible and had managed to swim and cruise into the bay completely undetected.
How long this shark had been in the bay is anyone’s guess but it most likely can be said with some degree of certainty that this Great White had been in the area for hours not minutes. It should have been picked up by during this time span . This Great White should have been spotted as it was 10-15 metres from the club house.
The state government needs to be asked some serious questions.
From a very keen Byron Bay swimmer

Paul Owies, Bangalow


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