Drone records surfers' near miss with stalking great white shark

Casey Mills
February 25, 2017

Apparently unaware of the predator, the surfer catches a wave and speeds away from the shark.

The surfer can be seen sitting on his board waiting for the next wave, and the great white is lurking very close by at Lighthouse Beach in Ballina.

In the final moments of the shark's approach, it veers off in another direction, leaving the surfer unscathed. The shark initially moves toward the second surfer, before suddenly swimming away. The government also deployed shark nets in the same areas in late December to help thwart deadly attacks.

The Australian government has been testing the use of drones to spot sharks at a number of locations known for shark attacks in recent months, according to the Daily Telegraph.

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The High School's decision to halt surfing came after a string of shark attacks and sightings throughout 2016, including attacks on 17-year-old Cooper Allen and 25-year-old Seneca Rus in September and on Jade Fitzpatrick, 36, in mid-October.

DPI Fisheries said the shark-spotting drones are being trialed at beaches in the northern part of the state, where 11 shark attacks - one fatal - have been reported since 2015.

The drones are flown 60 metres above the ocean in a four-kilometre circuit, providing real-time information and visuals to analysts.

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