Newcastle's beaches will remain closed this weekend, but a few surprise guests on Saturday morning left lifeguards with a smile.
"We're starting to see a few dolphins back in the area," said Newcastle beach inspector Scott Hammerton, on a record eighth-day of beach closures in the area.
Several massive sharks were seen feeding on dolphins off two of Newcastle's beaches on Thursday, one, nicknamed Bruce, reported as a five-metre, 1700-kilogram great white shark, the other "as big as a car".
Shortly before 4pm on Thursday a shark attacked a dolphin a short distance from the shoreline at Nobbys Beach.
In the last few days lifeguards had only reported seeing about two dolphins in the area, but on Saturday morning it seemed a few more were ready to come out and play
"Right now I'm watching a pod go past with about 20 dolphins," said Mr Hammerton, "it's nice having them back in the area."
"Newcastle is known for having a huge dolphin population, often we have huge pods just hanging at the beach all day,"
A number of surfers and swimmers are still entering the water at their own risk, unable to fight the temptation of promising surf conditions.
But Mr Hammerton said anyone entering the water is still taking a big risk.
"Yesterday the shark was still sighted from above from a helicopter at Burwood Beach, travelling north. It would have been up to 400m from the shore at the most."
In the last few days lifeguards at Newcastle Beach have had to do three rescues despite the beach closure.
"People are jumping straight into rips, which has been a bit challenging, others are trying to hide from us to go and swim," Mr Hammerton said.