Unconfirmed shark sighting at Turners Beach

Malcolm Wells took this photo of two sharks before swimming off Heron Island last year.  Photo Malcolm Wells.
Malcolm Wells took this photo of two sharks before swimming off Heron Island last year. Photo Malcolm Wells. Photo Malcolm Wells ROK060116sha

TURNERS Beach was closed for about 20 minutes yesterday following a shark sighting in chest-deep water.

A swimmer said he was body surfing in choppy water at the Yamba beach just after 4.30pm when what appeared to be a 1.5m shark darted towards him.

"It was in between waves, and it just swam straight towards me and then darted off really fast," he said

"Then I turned and saw a thick school of fish in the water next to me."

Clarence Valley lifeguard supervisor Greg Wyllie said the report, and another one from someone who was on the rocks at the time, remained unconfirmed but lifeguards took appropriate precautions and pulled everyone out of the water until the end of patrol hours.

"When I went out to the headland I didn't see anything but if it was a shark it seemed to avoid him," he said.

"For every shark you see, nine sharks see you."

Mr Wyllie said that this season was so far one of the best he has had in nine years as a supervisor.

"We haven't required an ambulance during patrol hours yet, which is commendable to sensible behaviour," he said.

"Crowd attendance at Yamba has been unbelievable; we've definitely got population growth going on in this town."

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