Shark sight­ing evac­u­ates Pottsville beach

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A GI­ANT great white shark was spot­ted off a reef at Black Rocks in Pottsville this week, forc­ing the beach to be evac­u­ated.

Ac­cord­ing to Dor­sal Watch, the De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries lo­cated the shark dur­ing an aerial re­port at about 10.40am on Mon­day morn­ing.

The shark was es­ti­mated to be around 3.5 me­tres in length.

The ma­jor­ity of great white sharks re­ported on Dor­sal Watch are around two me­tres in length, mak­ing the Pottsville shark larger than av­er­age.

Mean­while, an­other great white shark of un­spec­i­fied length was spot­ted near Kingscliff beach about 7.36am that same morn­ing, how­ever the shark was tagged and no evac­u­a­tion was nec­es­sary.

In Byron Bay, a twome­tre bull shark was also spot­ted at Cosy Cor­ner in Tal­low Beach.

The sight­ing comes af­ter a num­ber of shark at­tacks on the Queens­land coast in the past weeks, with two oc­cur­ring on the Whit­sun­day Is­lands within 24 hours late last month.

Those two at­tacks sparked a shark bait­ing op­er­a­tion in the Whit­sun­days, where six sharks were killed be­fore the hooks were taken out of the wa­ter a week af­ter a girl and a woman were at­tacked.

PHOTO: DPI

BIG GUY: A 3.5m great white shark was seen swim­ming off Black Rocks in Pottsville on Mon­day morn­ing.

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