A Sydney man who hit the surf to film dolphins has accidentally found himself cruising right over a two-metre shark.
Narraweena student Mitch Hargreaves, 19, was visiting Cellito Beach on the New South Wales mid-north coast in search of dolphins when his GoPro camera captured the lurking predator which was identified by locals as a bull shark, the Manly Daily reports.
The video shows Mr Hargreaves cruising along on his surfboard, passing right over the shark’s silhouette.
“At first I thought it was seaweed, but as I got closer I saw it was moving and it was a shark,” Mr Hargreaves said.
“I was alongside it and then I went over it. I was in disbelief.
“I tried yelling ‘shark’ through my mouthpiece (of my GoPro) to warn my dad and the others behind me, but no one heard.”
Mr Hargreaves, who is originally from Hawaii and is studying management at the University of New South Wales, said at first no one would believe what he’d seen – until he showed them the footage.
“I was waving from the shore, and when they eventually came in they didn’t believe me – until they saw the video,” he said.
Bull sharks are an aggressive species known to frequent warm, shallow waters, and are among the top three sharks most likely to bite humans.
Source: Nine News