Shark pushed back into the ocean at Tuncurry

Shane Chalker's incredible photo of the bait ball and a still from the video which shows men wrestling a large bronze whaler back into the ocean at Tuncurry.
Shane Chalker's incredible photo of the bait ball and a still from the video which shows men wrestling a large bronze whaler back into the ocean at Tuncurry.

Amazing footage has emerged of a shark being wrestled back into the ocean at Tuncurry. 

From Megan Rowe it shows a group of men handling the shark which was stuck in the shallow water on Tuesday (September 26).  

They try dragging it back into the water by its tail but waves wash it back onto the sand head first, so they try again, turning it around and guiding it back into deeper water.

The shark eventually swims off – watch the video here:

An increase in shark activity has been observed in the region with many linking it to the large schools of bait fish in the area.

“There has been a fair few sharks around. There were another two or so near the location of where the shark on the video was captured,” explained Megan.

Already a well-renowned photographer Shane Chalker’s image of a giant school of bait fish at the entrance to Wallis Lake was featured in the national media earlier this week.

Although he has lived by the ocean his entire life he says he has never seen anything like it.

"It's pretty special. To see them in those sort of numbers is pretty extraordinary."

The NSW Department of Primary Industry has also detected sharks feeding on the bait balls in recent days:

He is keen to point out that it’s not just sharks being attracted by the bait fish but an array of bird and marine life.

"The thing about pilchards is they are pretty much on the bottom of the food chain.  

“They are attracting an incredible amount of bird and marine life which are feeding off them.  There have been increased shark sightings and I've seen lots more whales and dolphins."

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