Terrifying helicopter footage shows 3metre Great White shark swimming 'close enough for surfers to pat' off the coast of Ballina
Terrifying images from a patrol helicopter has revealed the outline of HUGE shark resting just below the surf, clearing more than 10 surfers from the water.
The 3-metre-long great white shark was spotted off the coast of Boulder Beach, Ballina, in New South Wales at about 10.30 am.
The shark was described as ‘close enough to pat,’
‘An excellent result today is an understatement. These photos do not do the situation justice as when we first spotted this shark it was in the line-up with 10 plus surfers.’
A signal was sent out and Boulder beach was cleared immediately in response to the shark alert.
‘The shark continued to swim south towards Flat Rock Beach, where helicopters continued to monitor its movements,’ continued the post.
New South Wales has been ranked the top state with 128 shark related fatalities with 457 people attacked.
Figures have shown 95 percent of those attacked and killed in Australia-wide have been men, as predicted from data collected by the Shark Research Institute since 1788.
Two fatalities have been recorded this year when last reviewed in late September.
In a similar incident near a Beach in Byron Bay another shark was spotted on Saturday morning.
This shark did not pose a threat and beach-goers continued to enjoy the warm spring weather.
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