Great white shark swam dangerously close to popular beach

Great white shark swam dangerously close to popular beach

Great white shark the ‘size of a boat’ puts a popular beach on high alert after it was spotted swimming dangerously close to the shoreline

  • Great white shark the ‘size of a boat’ spotted swimming close to popular beach
  • Predator stalked coastline along beach south of Adelaide at 8.30am on Saturday
  • Fishermen spotted it close to their boat before filming it and alerting public 

A great white shark the ‘size of a boat’ was spotted swimming dangerously close to a popular beach, prompting a public alert.

The four-metre predator measured stalked the coastline at Aldinga Beach, south of Adelaide, at 8.30am on Saturday. 

Fishermen on a boat filmed the moment it came within 500m of the beach and precariously close to their vessel.

A great white shark the ‘size of a boat’ was spotted swimming dangerously close to a popular beach prompting a public alert

The shark was swimming just beneath the surface of the water with its size comparable to the boat sailing next to it. 

The animal was spotted before surf life saving crew were on duty and police were called to help raise the alarm to beachgoers.

Photographs of the giant predator were uploaded to Facebook as a caution with viewers sharing their disbelief at the size of it.

‘Don’t think I’ll be swimming too far out next week,’ one person wrote.

A second added: ‘I’m ok to stay in the shallows.’ 

Great white sharks can reach up to six metres in length and weigh as much as 3,000kg.

They are predominantly found along the coastline from Moreton Bay in Queensland, along the south coast of Australia, and near West Cape in Western Australia.

Their diet includes squid, fish, seals, sea lions and dolphins.

British diving instructor Simon Nellist was attacked from below in February 2022 by a 13ft-long predator at Buchan Point near Little Bay in Sydney.

It was the first fatal shark attack in the region in decades after actress Marcia Hathaway, 32, was mauled while on a boating trip in Sugarloaf Bay, in Middle Harbour, in 1963.

A group of fishermen on a boat filmed the moment it came within 500 metres of the beach and precariously close to their vessel

The predator measured about four metres in length and stalked the coastline at Aldinga Beach, south of Adelaide, at 8.30am on Saturday

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