Plenty of shark sightings on the North Coast this Easter.
Plenty of shark sightings on the North Coast this Easter. Contributed

Stream of Easter shark sightings keep surfers on the lookout

A SPATE of shark sightings across the North Coast during Easter did nothing to dampen surfers' enthusiasm but there were plenty of scary close encounters.

The Dorsal Northern NSW Shark Reports Facebook page reported nine major shark sightings on the weekend from Wategos Beach at Byron Bay down to Flat Rock south of Lennox Head.

Their Facebook page is here.

On Saturday a tagged bull shark was detected by the Department of Primary Industries listening station off Lennox Point at about 11am.

Then on Sunday a large white shark was spotted about 1pm off the northern end of Tallow Beach, forcing all surfers into the beach.

There were no less than four shark sightings on Monday, with a shark at 10.30am off Flat Rock spotted by helicopter, then at Byron Bay Main Beach the beach was closed at about 11.30am after another shark sighting.

A school of smaller sharks were spotted by helicopter at Lennox Head around the same time, before an estimated 2.5m juvenile white pointer was seen off Wategos in the early afternoon.

This morning there have been three sharks detected, two tagged bull sharks (which could be the same shark) detected by the DPI listening buoys at Sharpes Beach and Lennox Point, and one "large fin" seen cruising slowly past surfers off Tallow Beach at Suffolk Park at 1.30pm.

"A helicopter is now circling and sounding a horn after a shark fin was earlier spotted by surfers a short time ago," the Facebook page reported.

Rhys Barclay sent the page a message saying: "My son myself and a couple of others came in as we were sure that it wasn't a dolphin. There was a bit of splashing then a couple of minutes later the fin surfaced and just went past slowly."



17 sharks close North Coast beach

17 sharks close North Coast beach

DPI aerial patrols continue to report sharks chasing bait fish

Is this the Northern Rivers' best burger?

premium_icon Is this the Northern Rivers' best burger?

The meat patty recipe is a winner - it hasn't changed in 17 years

Changes you need to know on The Northern Star's website

Changes you need to know on The Northern Star's website

Our website is changing, but we're still committed to local news

Local Partners