Bull shark activity surprises resident
A BULL shark was the last thing Boambee East resident Ray Magri expected to see in Pine Creek on Friday, but that's exactly what happened when an afternoon stroll took a surprising turn.
Just after 1pm, Ray was standing on the bank of the creek in the Bongil Bongil National Park when he encountered the two-metre shark thrashing in his direction.
"It was not even 10 metres away from me and I saw the water swirl and then heavy thrashing," Ray said.
"I saw its rear dorsal fin - it measured about 45cm in height and about 12cm at the base.
"It came back a second time thrashing and attacking fish into a snag on the bank."
Ray said nearby canoeists spotted the shark earlier in the day "jumping out of water" in the shallow depths.
Another local resident told Ray sharks were common in the area and regularly sighted in small coves within the creek system.
While bull sharks are known to stay in estuaries for long periods of time to feed and breed, Ray said the incident caught him by surprise.
"I've lived in the area for 21 years and I've never seen anything like it - it was quite amazing," he said.
Ray posted the incident to a shark-reporting page on social media which has generated hundreds of comments.
"Partly the reason I was compelled to share the story was to let people know the reality of bull sharks in the creek is very real," he said.