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A PHOTO of a shark in the ma­rina at Air­lie Beach has caused a bit of a frenzy af­ter the on­line im­age was shared hun­dreds of times.

“It was spot­ted Sun­day,” Out­rig­ger Whit­sun­day pres­i­dent Nick Bellinger said.

Mr Bellinger said a par­ent of one of the ju­nior pad­dlers took the photo.

“We don’t of­ten sight them, but it is the ocean so there’s no doubt there’s lots of sharks in the ma­rina,” he said.

He said when­ever a shark was spot­ted, the club took pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to en­sure pad­dlers were aware of it.

On­line com­ments:

Justin Scooter Andrews: Not that I was there but I’d lay money on it that that shark was a harm­less shovel nose – nearly white dor­sal fin, ta­pered back, tri­an­gu­lated shadow un­der wa­ter its head. It’s safe to go back in the wa­ter!

John Rai­teri: Looks like a shovel nose, but if you guys don’t think the odd bull shark doesn’t ven­ture into ev­ery ma­rina, you’re kid­ding your­self.

Lynn Smith: We kayaked from Cannonvale to Shingley and back on Fri­day. Kids saw a few small shovel nose sharks, along with heaps of stingrays and tur­tles.

HARM­LESS? A shark spot­ted in the ma­rina near Shingley Beach.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

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