Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water: Swimmers are left stunned as a huge shark is spotted lurking in a popular river
- Video has been recorded showing massive shark at mouth of Noosa River in QLD
- Jos McIvor from Noosa Heads had been swimming in the spot beforehand
- Video was posted online and has been viewed 73,000 times in less than a day
A young woman who headed to the beach to cool down during the recent hot weather has had a close call with a huge shark at the mouth of a river.
Jos McIvor from Noosa Heads in Queensland was taking a dip on Thursday and had just come ashore when she spotted the huge shark moving through the water where she had just been swimming.
Ms McIvor had been swimming at the mouth of the Noosa River and suspects the shark may have been a bull shark – an aggressive, man-eating species that can tolerate fresh water.
Jos McIvor from Noosa Heads in was taking a dip and had just come ashore when she spotted the huge shark thrashing in the water where she had just been swimming
A friend posted Ms McIvor’s video of the shark online, warning people to be alert.
‘Massive shark at Noosa rivermouth. A mate just sent this video of a huge shark entering the Noosa River yesterday. Not sure if its a bull or tiger. Keep an eye on your kids n dogs,’ he wrote.
The video has been viewed 73,000 times since being posted less 24 hours ago.
Earlier this month a group of young fishermen caught a pregnant bull shark in New South Wales and were stunned to find she was carrying nine babies in her stomach.
The four friends had been fishing in the Hastings River, around 50km west of Port Macquarie on New South Wales’ north coast when they reeled in the huge beast.
The river is a hot spot for locals with many swimming or water-skiing, despite several sightings of sharks in the area.
Further north at Cid Harbour in the Whitsundays there was an unprecedented cluster of shark-bite incidents in late 2018.
In response, the Queensland government introduced warning signs in the area and allocated $250,000 towards research into shark behaviour.
Marine Biologist Richard Fitzpatrick is part of a team that has been studying sharks in the Whitsundays and has previously said no research was done into shark behaviour in the area.
‘They are fascinating animals but they are really hard to work on because they are underwater. With sharks we need to know when and where they occur, the high risk times and manage people accordingly.’
Noosa Heads is a popular holiday spot on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast famous for its picturesque beaches