Ben Squires


Tue, 19 Jan, 2016

Swimmers evacuated as 7-metre shark is spotted off coast

Swimmers evacuated as 7-metre shark is spotted off coast

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!

A mammoth, seven metre shark has been spotted off the coast of South Australia.

Swimmers were evacuated and a nearby Nippers event was cancelled when the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue helicopter spotted the creature around 200 metres off the coast at Marino Rocks on Sunday.

Shark SA

An unnamed crew member described the sighting, saying “It’s the biggest I’ve ever seen as a crew member in the Westpac chopper. We put it down as 7m the photo really doesn’t do it justice.”

While the sighting has social media abuzz, some experts have suggested the shark’s size could be exaggerated. Shark expert Andrew Fox told The Daily Mail, “A five-metre shark is an absolute giant and it looks twice as big – you can only imagine what a six-metre shark does to people's perceptions.”

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