Great White fear closes beaches- poll

Great White fear closes beaches- poll Authorities continue to seek out the shark near Newcastle’s beaches. Pic: Darren Pateman
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Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Beaches remain closed on Saturday after a Shark sighting. Picture: Marina Neill

Lifeguards on the hunt for the Shark. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers

Credit: Nicholas Tonks

TweetFacebookAlmost immediately, another shark was seen about 50metres from boardriders directly off Merewether suggesting a second animal was in the vicinity.

The shark alarm sounded and the beaches cleared, prompting some to head down for a look.

It included budding Merewether photographer Nic Tonks, 14, who took a spectacular frame of a fin near a jetski rider.

‘‘I was looking through the camera at the jetski and took a couple of shots, it wasn’t until I looked at them that I saw the fin,’’ Nic said.

Mr Woodcock said those on board the jetskis and rubber duckies followed the shark as it cruised towards the breakers and a few hundred metres further out.

When those on the beach used a two-way to ask what species of shark it was, the answer first came back: ‘‘A big one’’.

Mr Woodcock said he then watched as the shark came to the surface next to a jetski and rolled its massive frame as though it was almost eyeballing the visitor.

It appeared longer than the jetski and the sled it was towing.

‘‘It obviously wasn’t too worried about the boats,’’ Mr Woodcock said.

‘‘[One of the jetski riders] lifted his legs up, he has been doing this a long time so you knew it was a big shark.’’

Merewether, Dixon Park and Bar beaches remained closed all weekend while a sighting off Nobbys on Sunday closed that stretch of sand and Stockton for several hours.

NEWCASTLE beach has re-opened after the second shark sighting in two days, but most of the city’s beaches remained closed at 4pm.

Despite opening on Sunday morning, Nobbys and Stockton were forced to close again shortly after midday when a shark stretching more than four metres was spotted at Nobbys’ northern end.

It followed lifesaver patrols of the city’s coastline throughout the day after a sighting off Newcastle on Saturday shut down the city’s beaches.

Hey nippers families, Newcastle beaches still closed after yesterday’s shark sighting. #StayInBed

— Lee Upton (@lee_upton) January 10, 2015Lifeguards spotted a five-metre Great White around 1pm on Saturday and promptly pulled swimmers from the water.

The entire coastline was closed after asecond alarm, at Newcastle beach, sounded about 4.30pm.

Early reports indicated the shark may have had a pup with it.

UPDATE: Beaches from Bar Beach to Merewether will not reopen on Saturday, after a Great White Shark was spotted by lifeguards.

The shark alarm sounded around 1pm on Saturday, with beachgoers streaming from the water.

Lifeguards on a Jet Ski confirmed the sighting and made the decision to close all beaches in the area.

The shark is believed to be about fivemetres in length.

Lifeguards will continue to monitor the movements of the shark, and may be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, if it is available.

Beaches will not reopen on Saturday and may remain closed for Sunday morning, if the Shark remains in the area.

Merewether Ocean Baths will remain open for those looking to hit the water.

DIXON PARK and Merewether Beach have been shut after a Great White Shark was spottedon Saturday afternoon.

Beachgoers came streaming out of the water, after theshark alarm sounded around 1pm, after lifeguards made the discovery.

Lifeguards are currently tracking the shark and monitoring its movements, andthe beaches will remain closed until further notice.

More to come.

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