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Ballina beaches reopen after shark sighting

Two Ballina beaches were closed for more than an hour this afternoon after a ‘two-metre dangerous species of shark was sighted during aerial surveillance.

Shark sightings mar seasonal festivities

Around 8am this morning, a 2.4-metre bull shark was spotted at Lennox Head near Lake Ainsworth. Fortunately, no swimmers or surfers were nearby. But on Boxing Day, a quick thinking life saver shepherded a small shark away from swimmers on Byron's Main Beach.

Five sharks spotted at Suffolk Park

The DPI fisheries helicopter this morning reported sighting five Whaler Sharks, each of around two metres in length in the water off Tallow Beach, Suffolk Park.

Sharks spotted off Lennox, Byron and Brunswick Heads this morning

It’s been a busy day for shark spotters already, with a pair of bull sharks spotted off Lennox Head, a large whaler shark that caused Byron’s Main Beach to be evacuated and a smaller whaler shark seen off Tyagarah Beach.

Sharks now have own Facebook page

Mary Gardner, Byron Bay. Tagged sharks have a Facebook page. Whales and orcas each have one too. The general public can post sightings and check the wildlife conditions before heading off to surf, swim or go whale watching.

Police rescue stranded shark

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.

Drones could be used to spot sharks, says local pilot

Amid a series of further shark sightings, some north coast surf lifesavers are considering using drones as a cost-effective way to spot sharks after a presentation at Lennox Head Life Saving Club on the weekend.

Shark sightings at Evans, Lennox, South Golden Beach

North coast shark sightings continue unabated, with swimmers at Evans Head, Lennox Head and South Golden Beach told to get out of the water yesterday (Thursday).

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