Startling shark sighting prompts swift action by witness



A 17-year-old boy flying his drone over the surf in Australia watched a shark believed to be a great white swim perilously close to two swimmers, prompting his aunt to take swift action.

Cameron Grace, on vacation from Sydney, captured video of the incident that occurred Monday at Main Beach in Forster, New South Wales.

“I said I gotta go down there, I can’t just sit here and watch this,” Rachel Walter, the aunt, told 7NEWS. “I didn’t know what was going to happen. So I ran really quickly down to the beach and I got into the water, and I waved for the two boys to get out.

“They were completely oblivious.”

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Interestingly, most surfers and swimmers are oblivious to the presence of sharks, according to one shark expert.

“For every one shark that you see, there might be 10 or 100 sharks that see you,” Rob Townsend of SeaLife Sydney told 7NEWS. “You just don’t realize it because they’re not mindless killers.

“If you think about how many people are in the water on a daily basis, especially in summer in Australia, you’ve got to imagine that this kind of thing is happening all the time and we just don’t realize it.”

But one certainly can’t blame Walter for her swift warning to the youths, especially considering the proximity of the shark to them.

Photo courtesy of Cameron Grace.

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