After a near encounter with a “giant” great white shark, a surfing champion has cautioned beachgoers to keep an eye out for sharks.
Russell Specht, a former surfer, recalled how his lifeguard nephew Logan had a “very close call” with a shark while surfing off Australia’s Gold Coast’s Frenchman’s Beach.
Russell wrote on Instagram, “He had to put the board between himself and a large white… he thought it was over.” I felt compelled to post something because “too many tourists simply had no notion.”
While thousands of humpback whales congregate off Australia’s east coast, he advised tourists should be cautious of the risk of shark attack.
“A lot of crew members and tourists don’t realise how many whites are following the whales and mullet schools up and down the coast this time of year.”
On Saturday, Russell saw an ominous-looking shark roaming the waters near Frenchman’s Beach.
Russell told local news station 4BC Radio that only the most basic safety safeguards are in place in the region.
“On the island, there is no netting,” he explained.
“Probably the safest beach to swim at is Cylinder Beach.”
In April, an Australian family described how a great white shark chased them for an hour, attempting to bite a chunk out of their boat.
The massive ocean predator is seen writhing in the water and attempting to attack the motor in a video of the incident.
As David Tuckfield, his wife Kunya, and their 14-year-old son Shelby watch the shark chomp on their boat, terrified screams can be heard.
On Good Friday (April 15), the family was out fishing on their boat off the coast of Mandurah, south of Perth, when the shark surfaced.
It hung around for an hour, before sinking back into the depths.