CLOSE COMPANY: A great white shark yesterday circled a kayaker off Little Wategos for 15 minutes and then followed him to the s
CLOSE COMPANY: A great white shark yesterday circled a kayaker off Little Wategos for 15 minutes and then followed him to the s

Great white tails kayaker at Byron

By Sonia Caeiro

A GREAT white shark has been menacing surfers and a kayaker at Byron Bay.

Wategos Beach was closed on Monday afternoon after the two-metre shark was spotted.

Lifeguard Stephen Leahy said the shark had circled a kayaker off Little Wategos for more than 15 minutes.

The kayaker's concern grew as it followed him slowly back towards the shore.

Noticing the shark was still close to surfers, Mr Leahy called 000 and notified police.

Byron Bay police then activated the local emergency call-out team from Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club.

Lifeguards attending the scene immediately closed the beach, calling all swimmers and surfers out of the water.

After patrolling the area with jet skis and inflatable lifeboats, lifeguards reopened the beach 40 minutes later.

There were no further sightings of the shark.

The Coastguard and police assured the public the situation was being monitored.



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