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Two police officers took almost half an hour to drag this stranded shark to safety at Shelley Beach, Ballina on Saturday. Photo Michelle Edwards
Two police officers took almost half an hour to drag this stranded shark to safety at Shelley Beach, Ballina on Saturday. Photo Michelle Edwards

Despite the string of shark attacks on the north coast in recent months, the sight of a stranded sea creature flapping in the shallows at Ballina’s Shelley Beach on Saturday had police rolling up their trousers and running into the water to save it.

The fish was apparently chased into the shallows by a larger one, according to onlookers, who contacted police around 7am.

The two officers took more than half an hour to drag the creature back into the water.


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3 COMMENTS

  1. wow interesting … that looks like a juvenile great white with the characteristic straight dorsal fin… wonder if this could be the offspring of the Great White involved in the attacks. It could explain the number of attacks as apparently a pregnant Great White finds warmer water close to the coast with plenty of fish for her pups. ” A birthing mother can become very aggressive and clear a chosen cove or shallow area of predators (i.e., anything larger than her 3-foot pup) prior to delivering.” Mmm just a thought… not an expert.

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