Surfers beat a retreat after shark sighted

ON THE PROWL: A stand-up paddleboarder sounded the alarm this morning after a great white shark like this one was sighted off Makorori Headland. File picture

Surfers at Makorori got out of the water in a hurry this morning after a large shark, probably a Great White, was seen off the beach and they called police to sound the alarm.

The sighting was between 7.30am and 7.45am at the surf spot known as “Creek”, about 100 metres east of the main break at the bottom of the Makorori Headland.

“Before I saw the fin, I saw a large splash about a hundred metres away from me out to sea,” said the stand-up paddleboard surfer who raised the alarm.

“I told a couple of other surfers nearby about the splash I’d seen.

“Then about 15 minutes later I saw the fin, still about a hundred metres away, but it was coming straight at us.”

He said the fin itself was probably about a metre long.

“So it was a very large shark, I would say it would have been a good 15 feet in length.

“I am originally from the West Coast, where I have had a few close encounters with Great Whites, and that’s what this shark looked like to me.”

The nearly 50-year-old has been surfing for nearly 40 years.

He said other surfers suggested it could have been a killer whale.

“But no, they don’t hang about on their own like this. They hang in pods, and the fin I saw was completely rigid.”

He got the other surfers around out of the water, and then went back in again himself a little later, to warn another unsuspecting boardrider about the situation.

“I was on my SUP so it was safer.”

A couple of people on the shore reported seeing the shark as well.

When last seen the shark was heading towards Makorori Point.

Surfers at Makorori got out of the water in a hurry this morning after a large shark, probably a Great White, was seen off the beach and they called police to sound the alarm.

The sighting was between 7.30am and 7.45am at the surf spot known as “Creek”, about 100 metres east of the main break at the bottom of the Makorori Headland.

“Before I saw the fin, I saw a large splash about a hundred metres away from me out to sea,” said the stand-up paddleboard surfer who raised the alarm.

“I told a couple of other surfers nearby about the splash I’d seen.

“Then about 15 minutes later I saw the fin, still about a hundred metres away, but it was coming straight at us.”

He said the fin itself was probably about a metre long.

“So it was a very large shark, I would say it would have been a good 15 feet in length.

“I am originally from the West Coast, where I have had a few close encounters with Great Whites, and that’s what this shark looked like to me.”

The nearly 50-year-old has been surfing for nearly 40 years.

He said other surfers suggested it could have been a killer whale.

“But no, they don’t hang about on their own like this. They hang in pods, and the fin I saw was completely rigid.”

He got the other surfers around out of the water, and then went back in again himself a little later, to warn another unsuspecting boardrider about the situation.

“I was on my SUP so it was safer.”

A couple of people on the shore reported seeing the shark as well.

When last seen the shark was heading towards Makorori Point.

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