The men in the grey suits are back
The men in the grey suits are back. Yeah, of course they never really went away, however for the last 18 months they kept a low profile, sightings were few, interactions less, and attacks...well, there'd been nothing serious since the death of Ben Gerring in June 2016.
Now, in the space of a fortnight the fear is back. Two attacks in the space of a day in WA, followed by a third a few days later. Plus, Australia's other hot zone, northern NSW, has had a rash of recent sightings that forced beach closures over 50 kms of coast.
Blacktip sharks feeding on a bait ball at Tyagarah Beach, Byron Bay, yesterday
Yesterday, following aerial surveillance, the Department of Primary Industries sighted sharks near the surf zone on the following beaches:
- Backside Surfbreak, Ballina
- Seven Mile Beach, Lennox Head
- Cosy Corner, Tallow Beach
- Belongil Beach
- Brunswick Heads
- New Brighton
- Crabbes Creek
- Black Rocks reef
- Hastings Point
Meanwhile, James Tucker, a PhD student at Southern Cross University, is halfway through a three year study to ascertain whether buried whale carcasses actually attract sharks. If his findings come back positive then sights such as the following, filmed at Angourie back beach, will hopefully become a thing of the past.
Footage by Will Webber.