Teenagers’ close encounter with shark at Waniora Point, Bulli



Incredible footage has surfaced of teenage siblings’ close encounter with a shark while snorkelling off Waniora Point, Bulli on Sunday.

The video shows the shark following close to the pair before turning quickly away. The two teenagers were left shaken after the incident.

Taia Hanley, 16, and sibling, Baxter, 13, were out spearfishing about 7am last Sunday when they encountered the shark off the popular surfing break known as ‘Peggies’.

The shark is believed to have been a bronze whaler.

The close encounter follows an incident yesterday when surfers fled the water at McCauley’s Beach, Thirroul and Austinmer following separate shark sightings around 7am.

Surf Life Saving Illawarra duty officer, Anthony Turner said most species of sharks are harmless to humans.

“Although humans fear sharks, they are important part of the ecosystem and a reality of the ocean,” Mr Turner said.

“Exit the water immediately if you sight a shark close to you.”

Tips to minimise shark encounters:

  • Avoid swimming at dawn and dusk
  • Avoid swimming at river mouths or in murky discoloured waters
  • Avoid swimming, surfing in or around schools of baitfish
  • Under no circumstances chase, poke or attempt to touch a shark.




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About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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