Shark shot goes vi­ral

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

A SHARK sight­ing at Shin­g­ley Beach last week caused quite a stir, with a pic­ture cap­tured by eight-year-old Si­enna Punch go­ing vi­ral on lo­cal so­cial me­dia.

Si­enna, who was at Shin­g­ley Beach on Sun­day for out­rig­ger train­ing, ex­plained what hap­pened.

“We were just packing up the canoe,” she said.

“I was on the phone and then I saw a shark and I ran down and took a photo.

“It kept go­ing down over to that boat ramp.”

Si­enna’s mum, Donna, said her el­dest daugh­ter had also had a run-in with the shark.

“They were get­ting the six­man out, the big out­rig­ger, and then it swam around the six-man so they all had to get out of the wa­ter,” she said.

“Tyler, my el­dest daugh­ter, she’s in the six-man and I’m down here with the twins and I was like ‘Tyler! Shark’s com­ing to­wards you dar­ling, get out of the wa­ter!’.”

Tyler said she thought it was only a small shark.

“So I wasn’t re­ally scared,” she said.

With the photo shared nu­mer­ous times across so­cial me­dia and many spec­u­lat­ing about the species of shark, Ms Punch said they were over­whelmed by the re­sponse.

“We can’t be­lieve how vi­ral the photo’s gone,” she said.

Ms Punch’s neigh­bour even got a call from the UK. “They had vis­i­tors from Eng­land come over a cou­ple of weeks ago and they couldn’t be­lieve we had seen a shark at Shin­g­ley,” she said.

Photo Rory Sheav­ils

SNAP: Eight-year-old Si­enna Punch points out where she snapped a photo of a shark at Shin­g­ley Beach.

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