Swimmers’ shock reaction to sharks at Bondi Beach

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By Dan Sears

Wild footage has captured the moment swimmers are confronted by sharks in a number of incredibly close encounters at Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

A video shared by the Drone Shark App on TikTok, shows a woman unknowingly swimming towards a shark at the popular beach, while a man casually follows behind.

“Look out babe, look it’s coming straight for you,” the drone operator warns in the video.

“It’s a big unit.”

The man immediately in his tracks after spotting the shark.

Fortunately, the woman quickly spots the shark, before appearing to look back.

She can then be seen communicating with the man swimming behind her.

The group later appear to trail behind the shark as they swim through the shallows.

The woman is seen unknowingly swimming towards the shark, as the drone operator said the shark was a “big unit.”

In another moment in the video, which has amassed over 14,000 views, a pair of grey nurse sharks can be seen lurking in the water near a group of unaware swimmers.

One of the grey nurses, which can grow up to 3.2 metres, is later seen approaching a male swimmer in the group.

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“Look out, look out,” the drone operator said, right before the man clocks the shark.

It’s not the first time grey nurse sharks have been filmed near swimmers at Bondi Beach.
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Startled, the man immediately jolts to a stop as the shark swims away in front of him.

“That was a bit of a shock,” said the operator.

“Love the moment of realisation,” one person commented on the video.

“That would certainly get the heart pumping,” said another.

It’s not the first time grey nurse sharks, which are generally considered harmless to humans, have been filmed near swimmers at Bondi Beach.

In a video shared by DroneSharkApp earlier this year, a pair of swimmers were seen swimming at the edge of a large school of salmon, before a shark suddenly appeared below one of them.

She eventually clocked the shark and momentarily froze, before fleeing in the opposite direction of the predator.

“I don’t know about this … wait for me,” said the drone operator, impersonating the woman.

“Wait for me, there’s sharks in these … Oh here he comes!”

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Jason Iggleden, who runs the DroneSharkApp Instagram page, said he does not report grey nurse shark sightings to council or lifeguards, in a post on Instagram earlier this year.

“Naturally, if I see something more dangerous, such as a great white or bull shark, or any other shark that could pose a threat, I will always notify the Bondi lifeguards.”

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