Lifestyle

Bay's great white getting a bit too frisky

A white pointer shark has been sighted on a number of occasions at The Pass in Byron Bay.
A white pointer shark has been sighted on a number of occasions at The Pass in Byron Bay.

MARINE ecologist Dr Danny Bucher said it sounded like a great white shark's behaviour at The Pass was escalating and could pose a danger.

Dr Bucher, from Southern Cross University's Marine Ecology Research Centre, said it may lead to an attack.

"If he's getting bolder and bolder ... it may turn into a bite," Dr Bucher said.

"It's very unusual behaviour.

"It does sound like he's trying to scare them off.

"This is the kind of move that sharks make to scare off other sharks.

"It's 'get out of the way, this is my area'. He's treating them as potential competitors.

So if he's hanging around I'd be getting out of the water. It's not a time for panic; it's a time for caution.

Dr Bucher said scaring off the shark with a jet ski would probably be the best way to address the issue if its menacing behaviour continued.

He said swimmers inside the surf break were not those at greatest risk as great whites were too big to come in close.

"The surfers and the off-shore swimmers, they're the ones who really have to look out."

Jim Keough, the emergency services co-ordinator for Surf Life Saving Far North Coast, said he had heard rumours of the sharks but had received no formal notification, which was necessary for them to act.

Mr Keough, who is also a member of Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club, said shark sightings should be reported to 000.

Surf Life Saving said they would also report the shark to Marine Parks, particularly in the lead-up to the busy Schoolies period.

Topics:  byron bay, great white shark, southern cross university



A singin' theatre success

SPLASH OUT: The new Australian production of Singin' in the Rain is  playing at QPAC'S Lyric Theatre until October 30.

Old classic takes on new life in Australian production.

Police news in five minutes, September 26

Tweed Heads police.

Teen held up, knife arrest and man arrested after doing burn-out

Charities shouldn't be out of pocket

COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Tweed Shire Council candidate Michael McNamara with Rotary Club of Murwillumbah Central president Peter Kelly and executive secretary Denis Hallworth at the club's regular fundraising sausage sizzle.

Council candidate calls for a community group policy review

Local Partners

A singin' theatre success

SPLASH OUT: The new Australian production of Singin' in the Rain is  playing at QPAC'S Lyric Theatre until October 30.

Old classic takes on new life in Australian production.

Josh Brolin and Kathryn Boyd tie the knot

Josh Bolin marries in front of close friends and family

Marilyn Manson wants a 'nice' girl

Marilyn Manson wants a girl who understands both of his identities

Angelina turns to Depp for consolation after divorce

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie with their six children

Angelina Jolie is reportedly being consoled by Johnny Depp

Conner's food distraction leads to elimination

Australian Survivor contestant Conner Bethune.

HUNGER gets to castaway as Australian Survivor's tribes merge.

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Casuarina sets the benchmark in Tweed market

Our property market is as strong as it's been since the crisis

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

SOLD: Historic hotel finds new owner

Post Office Hotel Grafton

Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

Pub in new hands and heading in a brand new direction

Peppers Airlie Beach put on the market

ON THE MARKET: Peppers Airlie Beach is being for recievership sale by CBRE Hotels and PRD Nationwide Airlie Beach.

Peppers Airlie Beach is being offered for sale.