Sharks' feeding frenzy
A SHARK feeding frenzy involving more than 100 man-eaters is happening off our coast.
Sharks up to 4.3 metres in length have been seen lunging at massive schools of baitfish off the nudist beach at Greys Lane, Tyagarah, between Byron Bay and Brunswick, where this photo was taken.
“The sharks were in the shore break in waist-deep water (on Saturday),” ABC Heli pilot Darren Satherley said.
“There were big clouds of bait fish for about three (nautical) miles along the coastline. The sharks were zooming the fish in towards the shore to ambush them. I'm not really sure what species of sharks they were, but they looked big from the air.”
Mr Satherley said no one was in the water near the sharks, but he could see people on the beach.
“It was very exciting to watch from the air, but I'm glad no one was swimming nearby at the time,” he said. “My boss was flying down to Victoria and spotted the sharks between Byron Bay and Brunswick Heads about 9.30am. I flew down from the Gold Coast to have a look at around 2.30pm and they were still there.”
Mr Satherley said bait fish came into shore around this time every year and that people shouldn't go in the water when they see dark clouds because sharks could be in the area.
The feeding frenzy continued yesterday off Byron and would persist until after Easter, when bait fish left, ECOfishers head Ken Thurlow said.