An image provided by Rotorwing Helicopter Services showing a 3m shark it was monitoring off Flat Rock on September 22.
An image provided by Rotorwing Helicopter Services showing a 3m shark it was monitoring off Flat Rock on September 22.

Don't ignore shark warnings if the helicopter is hovering

THIS shark, photographed at Flat Rock this morning, doesn't look that big - until you realise it's about the same size as the Malibu surfboard on the other side of the image.

Helicopter services Rotorwing and Air T&G continue to spot sharks daily on their patrols and are trying to educate surfers and swimmers about the signals they use to warn of danger.

The two services use slightly different methods to warn beach-goers of danger.

Rotorwing says when it sees a shark near surfers or swimmers it flies in tight circles sounding a siren.

An image provided by Rotorwing Helicopter Services showing a 3m shark it was monitoring off Flat Rock on September 22.
An image provided by Rotorwing Helicopter Services showing a 3m shark it was monitoring off Flat Rock on September 22.

Air T&G flies low and uses hand gestures to signal to any swimmers or surfers in the area.

"Do not wait for authorities as notification of the events can often take time," Rotorwing said in a statement.

Rotorwing took these images of this shark at Flat Rock about 10.50am today and says it was one of two it was monitoring.

"Today, this animal's behaviour appeared to be extremely erratic and very fast moving," the company said.

"This is not in line with the general behaviour we have been seeing with other sharks in the area."



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