Reported sighting of what may have been a bull shark in the canal at Crystal Waters, Yamba.
Reported sighting of what may have been a bull shark in the canal at Crystal Waters, Yamba.

Shark sighted in Yamba canal

COLLEEN Clifton and her friend Joan Fenton were terrified when they spotted the dorsal fin of a shark in the canal behind Colleen's Yamba home.

Just on dusk the two women were out the back of Colleen's house when the shark, estimated to be between two and three metres, swam by.

“I was horrified … it was just such a sneaky looking thing gliding by,” she said.

“There's a quite a lot of kids and adults who swim in the canal.”

An avid angler, Mrs Clifton said it was the first time she had spotted a shark in her eight years of living on the canal at Crystal Waters, Yamba.

“It was definitely a shark, its dorsal fin was about five or six inches out of the water and there was five to six feet between the dorsal fin and its tail,” she said.

She said a light from a house across the canal illuminated the waterway allowing them to get a good look at the creature.

“We saw it from halfway across the block next door, it cruised past very slowly.”

Mrs Clifton said they had heard reports of shark sightings in the canal – which spans about 40 metres between Westringia Place and Melaleuca Drive.

“We have always suspected there would be sharks in there at some time, but have just never seen one,” she said.

Daily Examiner fishing columnist Dick Richards said he wasn't surprised by the reported sighting of what may have been a bull shark, the species responsible for most attacks on humans.

He said it was the prime time for sharks to venture up the Clarence River and its tributaries with schools of mullet and other baitfish travelling up river in the muddy waters.

Over the years Mr Richards said he had heard stories of many sharks being hauled out of the Clarence, some up to a reported four metres in length.



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