VIA – THE HERALD
Shark chases surfer at Merewether Beach
Newcastle City Council aquatic services manager Peter Withers said a surfer spotted the shark while surfing between Merewether and Dixon Park beaches.
The surfer alerted lifeguards of his close encounter after coming ashore shortly before the beaches were officially due to open at 9am.
‘‘He’s paddled in and said the shark actually followed him in,’’ Mr Withers said.
Lifeguards then instructed swimmers to come ashore, taking a jet ski from Nobby’s Beach to patrol the area for about half an hour.
No sign of the shark was spotted and its breed was not identified, Mr Withers said.
‘‘I think the average person probably wouldn’t be able to identify what kind of shark they’ve spotted,’’ he said.
All three beaches reopened about 10am.
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