Shark sighting at Whiting Beach
AMBER Murphy won’t be going back to the beach any time soon after swimming just metres away from what she believes was a two-metre shark.
Amber and Tony Murphy headed to Yamba’s Whiting Beach on Sunday afternoon to escape the Grafton heat when they were shaken by seeing a shark.
The local woman was swimming three metres out in waist-deep water when she noticed her husband, who was sitting on the beach, calling her in.
“Amber was in the surf facing me when I noticed something dark with a dorsal fin about four metres behind her,” Tony said.
“I called her in straight away and warned the other swimmers on the beach that there was a shark in the area.”
The couple and other spectators on the beach watched as the dark fin swam back and forth across the bay before disappearing.
Amber said the incident frightened her so much that she wasn’t planning on swimming at Whiting Beach anytime soon.
“I don’t actually want to go back in the water,” she said.
“I won’t be back to that beach for a while and if my husband hadn’t been there I don’t know what I would have done.”
The latest sighting comes less than one week after a teenager fought off what he believed to be a 2.5 metre shark at Yamba’s Turners Beach.
Amber, who previously spent her weekends patrolling beaches as a lifeguard, said adequate signage was desperately needed to warn tourists of the dangers of the water in what was commonly labelled as a family friendly beach.
“There is no signage and all beaches should be appropriately marked to warn people,” she said.
The sighting was reported to Yamba Police and followed up by Iluka Coastguard and NSW Maritime.