Shark just a ?little close

By MEL MARTIN

BOB Palmer is pretty relaxed about seeing a great white shark just a little too close for comfort on Wednesday.

"I'm not really worried. We do see them," the owner of Liquid Assets Adventure Tours said.

"Not usually that big though!"

But he did cancel the surf lesson when he saw the 'bloody big fin' appear not far from where he and his students were swimming at Charlesworth Bay.

"One lady spotted it first and told me," Mr Palmer said.

"Not one to panic I said it could have been a dolphin, but then I saw the size of the fin.

"It was about 20 metres away from us, 30 metres off the shore, cruising along the beach out behind the waves."

The group headed to shore to warn other people and Mr Palmer went up on the rocks for a better look, where he was able to see the shark's shadow.

"It was quite big, I'd say around four metres," he said.

From the size of that shadow and the fin, Mr Palmer says he became quite sure it was a great white shark, and when he saw it head for Diggers Beach, he alerted the lifeguard.

Coffs Harbour City Council senior lifeguard, Greg Hackfath, said Diggers Beach was closed for an hour as a precaution but that there was no cause for alarm.

"They're well-fed sharks at the moment, they're chasing the salmon schools that are around," he said.

"But it's one of those things where caution is the way to go.

"We couldn't risk not closing the beach, in case something happened."



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