Shark alert as massive 3m great white is detected near Bondi Beach

Shark alert as massive 3m great white is detected near Bondi Beach

Huge three-metre great white shark is spotted near Bondi Beach months after a swimmer was mauled to death

  • Dorsal watch has issued an alert after a shark was spotted at Mackenzies Bay 
  • The three-metre great white was seen just south of Bondi at 11.19am on Tuesday 
  • Sighting comes after a swimmer was fatally attacked near Little Bay in February 

Beachgoers have been placed on alert after a massive great white shark was spotted near Bondi Beach.

Dorsal shark reports issued a notice on Tuesday after the three-metre long predator was seen at Mackenzies Bay, just south of Bondi, at 11.19am. 

It remains unclear whether anyone was in the water at the time. 

The sighting comes just months after a swimmer was mauled to death at nearby Little Bay.

British expat Simon Nellist, 35, was attacked by a three-metre great white at Buchan Point on February 16 while training for a charity ocean swimming event. 

A three-metre great white shark has been spotted at Mackenzies Bay (pictured)

Dorsal watch issued a shark report at 11.19am on Tuesday after the three-metre shark was spotted just south of Bondi Beach  

Fishermen witnessed the attack and alerted authorities, sparking a search of the area. His body was found in the water an hour later. 

The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) subsequently installed 15 SMART drumlines along the coast from Little Bay Beach to Bondi to detect sharks. 

Locals say there have been increased shark sightings since they were introduced.

‘Ever since they put the baited drum lines in the shark sightings gone crazy,’ one woman wrote online in response to the alert.

‘Maybe [it’s] the 50 odd dead fish hanging off chains along the beaches.

‘They come in for the smell of a feed and then pass by as the food is attached to big chunks of metals (hooks) and chain.’

Locals have reported seeing more sharks in the area since The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) installed drumlines along Sydney’s east coast following a fatal attack in February

Another resident said Mackenzies Bay was a notorious shark hotspot.

‘It’s very sharky round there,’ he said. 

Mr Nellist’s death – the first shark fatality in Sydney in 60 years – came just months before he was due to marry his fiancée Jessie Ho, after their wedding was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

He frequently swam between Little Bay Beach and Malabar and was aware of the dangers.

He was a conservationist and protested the use of shark net and drum lines due to the harm they cause to marine life. 

Prior to Mr Nellist’s death, the last fatality occurred in 1963 when Australian actress Marcia Hathaway, 32, was mauled by while on a boating trip at Sugarloaf Bay in Middle Harbour. 

She was attacked by a bull shark in just 30 inches of water just six metres from shore and died from her injuries as her friends and fiancé tried to rush her to hospital.

Simon Nellist (pictured) was killed by a great white shark while swimming near Little Bay on February 16 

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