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.
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."