Shark circles oblivious Australian surfer in drone footage


A surfer in Australia was busy looking for his next wave when a drone user alerted him to a circling shark.

Christopher Joye, who was patrolling the area as part of a volunteer search and rescue service, said he captured the footage Saturday at Werri Beach in New South Wales, about 85 miles south of Sydney.

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“Shark! Shark! Shark! Evacuate the water immediately!” Joye alerted the surfer through his Mavic 2 Enterprise drone’s built-in emergency speaker system.

The man on the board appeared to look up at the drone and immediately started paddling to shore. His sudden splashing seemingly spooked off the approaching predator.

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Joye estimated the shark was between 9 and 13 feet. He said it could likely have been either a bronze whaler or a young great white.

New South Wales instituted a drone trial system at its beaches last year to warn beachgoers of any dangers lurking in the waters, according to Australia’s The New Daily.

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The trial released data earlier this year showing that the New South Wales coast was a hotspot for shark sightings, with 380 spotted last summer, according to the paper.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.





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