As the weather warms up and keen beach-goers head out to have a play, we’re reminded that we’re not the only ones in the water.
Just this week a British doctor, Charlie Fry, was surfing with two friends at Avoca Beach when a two-metre shark jumped out of the water and hit him in the right shoulder. He sustained scratches and puncture wounds, but lived to tell the tale.
In March a trial of aerial surveillance drones at NSW beaches found more large sharks off Redhead beach than any other part of the state.
Drones sweeping Redhead over summer found 23 sharks, with 16 sharks longer than two metres classed as “potentially dangerous”. Read about it here.
A dig through the photographic archives proves Hunter fishermen and surfers have long had a relationship with the predators, who herald a healthy ecosystem beneath the surface.