A bumper season…
Seventeen beaches along a thousand-click stretch of coast from Burleigh Heads in Queensland to Narrabeen in Sydney’s north were shuttered over the weekend due to “a huge number of shark sightings.”
Sharks forced North Burleigh, Snapper Rocks, where Nick Slater was killed by a Great White one month ago, Fingal Head, Hawks Nest, Port Stephens, Kingscliff, Brunswick, Newcastle Beach, Coogee, Evans Head, Broulee, Sharps Beach and Narrabeen to close; Pacific Palms and Lennox Head were closed twice.
A dead whale washed up on the Tweed Coast brought in the obligatory swarms of feeding Great Whites, forcing Salt, where Rob Pedretti was killed by a “fifteen foot Great White” four months ago, Casuarina, Cabarita, where Christian Bungate was attacked by a White “as big as it gets” on his foil board, Hastings, North Pottsville and South Pottsville to close.
@FNCSLS is warning beach goers to be extra cautious when going to the beach in the #tweedshirecouncil, in particular from Salt to Cabarita beach. As a large deceased whale has washed up. Increased shark activity in the area. SLS is monitoring and working with the DPI & Tweed Coun pic.twitter.com/3FZ7Nn0C1A
— Surf Lifesaving FNC (@FNCSLS) October 5, 2020
The sight, then, was as grim as it was photogenic.
Don’t wanna take no hell from a Great White?
If that fails, crankshaft tourniquets available here.