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White shark responsible for fatal bite of surfer

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The Department continues to work with Surf Life Saving NSW and NSW Police to monitor the area and provide any technical advice and resources as required.

Beaches between Kingscliff and Cabarita have been cleared of swimmers and surfers by NSW Police and the local Surf Lifesavers.

The beaches will remain closed for 24 hours.

There is a real-time shark listening station located opposite the Kingscliff Surf Life Saving Club.

No tagged sharks were detected on this station today, or the Byron Bay Shark Listening station located around 50km south at Clarkes Beach.

Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. What on earth does it matter what colour the shark was ?
    The relevant facts are that it was a shark , sharks live in the sea and they are easily avoided.
    More power to any who surf ,skindive or frollic in the ocean ,they I am sure, realise there is a risk in invading a marine environment where the natives are not always friendly.
    Cheers, G”)

  2. “There is a real-time shark listening station located opposite the Kingscliff Surf Life Saving Club.”
    – Useful if the system is being monitored by a clubbie who can respond to a tagged shark. eg by sounding an alarm!
    “No tagged sharks were detected on this station today, or the Byron Bay Shark Listening station located around 50km south at Clarkes Beach.”
    – Useful if the system is being monitored by a clubbie who can respond to a tagged shark. eg by sounding an alarm!
    “Beachgoers are urged to follow safety advice from Surf Life Saving NSW and by visiting the Department of Primary Industry’s website http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/sharks and the SharkSmart app.”
    – on all unpatrolled beaches….
    – Then there are the drones…..Surfwatch.

  3. It’s sad but you only need to see the amount of fish around at the moment. At Ballina today, one side of wall surfers, other side masses of birds diving for fish with the occasional spiralling young bull shark.

  4. At the risk of receiving a deluge of nasty comments .. and don’t get me wrong, I AM very sorry that the man was mauled/killed by a shark. But what was he doing surfing in NSW when the border is supposedly closed and the only people supposedly crossing the border are those in the health industry or visiting sick relatives?

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