Great white joins in NSW shark feeding frenzy as whale washes up on rocks
A monster great white has joined in a shark feeding frenzy coaxed close to shore by a whale carcass.
Two NSW beaches — Bulli and Sandon Point — were closed by the Illawarra council after the dead whale washed up on rocks on Thursday.
Authorities warned swimmers, surfers and divers not to enter the water. And boaties were quick to realise exactly why after they were joined by a large white pointer close to land.
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One local took to Instagram to share a picture of the shark from the sky, showing the sheer size of the ocean predator against the length of a boat.
“Safe to say I won’t be surfing Peggys for a few days...” they captioned the post.
Local life savers had earlier taken to social media with a warning to keep out of the water.
“Surf Life Saving Illawarra is warning swimmers, surfers and divers not to enter the water at Bulli and Sandon Point beaches due to a significant number of large sharks in the area feeding on a dead whale carcass,” they tweeted.
The post was accompanied by vision of a shark and the dead whale, which had drifted onto coastal rocks.
Surf Life Saving Illawarra duty officer Anthony Turner said the sharks “were larger than some of the boats” and “under no circumstances should anyone be leaning or putting their body parts in the water”.
“One video shows a shark biting the motor of a boat. That’s how dangerous the situation can be and highlights the need for common sense,” he told the Daily Telegraph, addressing just how aggressive the animals had been.
“Even people on the rock platforms, we don’t want anyone getting too close. The last thing we want is someone falling into the water with all the predators out there,” he added.
Authorities are working to tow the carcass out to sea.
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