beach closed as large sharks move in on giant baitfish school for an easy feed,
by MATTHEW CULLEN - 11 th February 2015
Thai. Maroubra Beach
baitfish school like this one has attracted sharks just offshore at Maroubra beach.
MAROUBRA beach has been closed and lifesavers and the Westpac Life Saver helicopter
called in after a 3m shark was sighted near shore for the second time this week.
12.10 this afternoon a Blue Sky Helicopters pilot saw the large shark feeding
on a massive baitfish school about 200m from shore at the beach.
alerted the Westpac Life Saver crew who warned lifeguards and dispatched a helicopter
to the scene.
SHARK HAS MOVED ON ... BUT TO WHERE?
Life Saver Rescue Helicopter CEO Stephen Leahy said a very large school of baitfish
had lured the shark to the area.
lifeguards closed the beach and they asked us to have a look as well, Mr
arrival the helicopter discovered a slightly smaller hammerhead shark had joined
the feasting on the baitfish.
helicopter crew and lifeguards on jetskis helped to break up the baitfish ball
and drive the sharks further out to sea.
was second time this week a large shark has been seen at Maroubra.
Monday a much larger shark was spotted at the beach, again by pilots from Blue
are a lot of baitfish and the water is still nice and warm at the moment which
means the baitfish are hanging around longer, Mr Leahy said.
sharks are simply following them.
will stay abreast of the situation ahead of a Surf Life Saving Branch Age championships
at the beach on Sunday which will see 1400 nippers descend on the beach.
will always monitor the situation on the day and make a decision depending on
a number of conditions, Mr Leahy said.
is why people should always swim at patrolled beaches.
is not just that if they get into trouble they can be saved but they can be prevented
from entering into dangerous situations.
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