Rare large sighting of white in Queensland waters as predatory shark swims alongside fishing charter
Rare large sighting of white in Queensland waters as huge shark swims alongside fishing charter
- A great white shark swam next to a fishing charter off Surfers Paradise
- The 2.5-meter shark appeared curious and calm as the crew filmed
- It is unusual to see a great white shark so far north; generally inhabit cooler waters
- The owner of the charter boat said he had never met a great white before
A great white shark gave fishermen a shock aboard a charter boat as it slipped onto their boat in the seas off Surfers Paradise.
On Sunday, the 2.5-meter shark was seen curiously inspecting the boat which was about five miles off Broadbeach.
It was a rare sighting of great white sharks in Queensland waters, as they typically live in cooler waters further south.
The 2.5-meter great white shark was the first that Shannon Green of Avenger Fishing Charters saw
Shannon Green of Avenger Fishing Charters said they had just started fishing when the shark appeared.
“ Everyone on the boat was very excited to see him, ” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“It was only 2.5 meters, they can reach six meters,” he said.
Mr Green said the fishing charter encountered sharks ‘quite often’ but this was the first time he had encountered a great white.
Mr Green said they regularly encounter sharks but rarely great whites
“Bull sharks, hammerhead sharks… they can be a pest when we fish,” he said.
“ I had never seen a tall white before, I called some of the other guys and they had only seen a few, ” he said.
The shark appeared fairly relaxed as it swam to the boat.
“ It was good, it didn’t seem like it was feeding, ” Mr Green said.
The 2.5-meter shark was spotted about 5 miles off Broadbeach, Surfers Paradise
“ We stopped and were fishing and saw the shark fin come up, it started to go around the boat a bit, ” Mr Green said. 9News.
“ We actually got a good look, he was just curious, he was just looking at us. ”
Great white sharks are rarely seen this far north as they typically inhabit cooler waters