Bluff bait ball shark frenzy goes global
A landscape photographer has captured one of nature’s rarest moments on camera — hook, line and sinker.
Thousands of fish, hundreds of sharks, including dozens of bronze whalers, created a mass bait ball off the WA coast last week, with swimmers, surfers and snorkellers able to get up close to the creatures.
Photographer Sean Scott said although he contemplated going in, he thought it best to leave them to it.
“I don’t think swimming in the middle of a bait ball is the smartest thing to do,” Scott said.
“Watching these beautiful sharks flourish in their natural environment was a privilege to see. What really impressed me was how people and the sharks were co-existing side by side.”
Scott said the sharks swam around children on bodyboards but were too busy eating to take much notice.
Bait balls are the result of tiny fish packing together as a defensive mechanism when attacked and appear as huge dark shadows in the water.
Scott said he had never seen a bait ball as big as this one, off the coast of the tiny town of Red Bluff, 1000km north of Perth.
Sean Scott captured this image at Red Bluff.