Around 8am this morning (Friday, December 28), a 2.4-metre bull shark was spotted at Lennox Head near Lake Ainsworth. Fortunately, no swimmers or surfers were nearby.
It’s just one of a number of shark sightings along the north coast that have closed beaches over the last week in otherwise perfect summer weather.
Byron Bay lifesaver Troy Eady took this photograph at Main Beach on Boxing Day, of a small shark swimming in a gutter inshore from swimmers and surfers.
‘Byron main beach Boxing Day patrol. It will be fine they said, there is no waves, what could go wrong,’ he quipped on Facebook.
Mr Eady later told local media he escorted the shark out of the flagged area and ‘no one was the wiser’.
Yesterday a 2.2-metre whaler shark was spotted south of Lennox Head at around 7.40am. No swimmers or surfers were nearby.
Further south at Angels beach a 2.7-metre bull shark was spotted at around 10am. No one was in the water at the time.
And at Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach, a 2.8-metre shark was tracked by drone and the water was cleared by lifeguards around 1pm.
On Boxing Day, a drone spotted a 2.3-metre ‘dangerous’ shark at the Pass, temporarily closing that beach at around 10am.
Not long after, a 2.3-metre bull shark shark, possibly the same shark, was spotted by drone and helicopter at Clarkes beach, which was also closed.
At Speeds Reef, East Ballina, a 2.8-metre bull shark was spotted at around 8am and, at Ballina’s South Wall, possibly the same shark was spotted at around 10.30am.
On Christmas Day, a 2.5-metre bull shark was spotted at Wategos by DPI aerial patrols, causing the beach to be evacuated.
Another was spotted at Snapper Rock at around 10am.