Nat Daley was surfing with his brothers Joel and Jye when they saw a great white shark come out of the water 100m away from them.
Nat Daley was surfing with his brothers Joel and Jye when they saw a great white shark come out of the water 100m away from them. Nolan Verheij-Full

"It just jumps clear out of the water": Nat Daley

UPDATE 1.30PM: "(I've) never been so scared in the water, or so grateful to have all of my brothers in on the sand safe,"

These were the words Evans Head's Nat Daley posted after a close call with a three to four metre great white shark this morning at Main Beach.

"(It) jumps clear out of the water in front of all of us 100 metres out from my two brothers and I."

Nat describes how he was in the surf and his brothers, Joel and Jye, were a little further in.

"I see (the shark's) massive fin pop out and ...then it just jumps clear out of the water," he wrote.

"As I turn to scream at Joel he sees it too and starts screaming at me and we legged it in (to shore)."

Nat said that despite being scared, he's never had more respect for Mother Nature than he does now.

"I definitely cashed in some mighty fine chips today, a proper staunch reminder of our place as surfers in the ocean," he said..

"As rocked as I am, we just need to be careful and give them their space as ultimately it's our privilege to be out there with them."

Early morning surf saw a couple of surfers encounter a great white shark at Main Beach, Evans Head.
Early morning surf saw a couple of surfers encounter a great white shark at Main Beach, Evans Head. Sharyn Plowman

UPDATE 11am: MEMBERS of Evans Head Surf Club have helped clear the water at Main Beach after two surfers reported seeing a large shark about 10am.

Lismore police Acting Inspector Russell Ewing said two surfers reported seeing a large shark jump out of the water from a school of baitfish.

Act Insp Ewing said the two surfers were the only people to report the sighting and there was a school of dolphins spotted in the area around the same time.

The shark has not been seen for almost an hour and there are no people in the water at Evans Head's Main Beach, Insp Ewing said.

 

INITIAL: POLICE are responding to reports of a large shark that was spotted off Evans Head Main Beach.

Two members of the public reported seeing the large shark, reported as possibly being a great white, about 10am.

Surfers are in the water and police are on the way to assess the situation.

This follows on from a sighting of a shark at Half Tide, Evans Head, by Michael Thompson two days ago. Read it here

More details to come.



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