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