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going to need a bigger boat

Australian beaches reopen as 'monster shark' moves on

The monster shark has been nicknamed ‘Bruce’.

AUSTRALIAN BEACHES WHICH had closed due to sightings of large sharks for a record nine days, reopened today.

A five-metre great white estimated to weigh 3,750 pounds and nicknamed ‘Bruce’ was first spotted off Merewether Beach near Newcastle north of Sydney on January 10.

Shark sightings 

Several other shark sightings, including tiger sharks feeding on dolphins, has continued to shut down beaches along the New South Wales coastline, and prompted the closure of all six Newcastle beaches despite sweltering summer temperatures.

Authorities reopened the beaches today after jetski patrols found no sign of the animals, said Henry Scruton, president of the Hunter branch of Surf Life Saving New South Wales.

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“The big one is the monster,” Scruton said, referring to Bruce.

“Bruce, he has been sighted on Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, definitely the Friday,” Scruton told AFP.

But I don’t think they’ve sighted him again this weekend.

Sharks are a regular feature in Australian waters and swimmers and surfers have had their fair share of encounters with the animals this summer.


Some beaches to the north and south of Sydney were closed on the weekend due to shark sightings and a 17-year-old boy was hospitalised after he was bitten on the hand while spearfishing 230 kilometres south of Sydney on Friday.

Fatalities are rare in Australia but two teenagers died in shark attacks last month, one on the west coast and one on the east.

Scruton said there had been a number of sharks seen around Newcastle and the Hunter region this summer, with another large one taunting two fishermen on the weekend by circling and nudging their small boat.

“It felt like getting trapped in a room with an angry pit bull,” one of those onboard, Tim Watson, told the Newcastle Herald.

It wouldn’t leave us alone. You almost wanted to stop and admire it but it was being pretty aggressive.

Size of a car 

“It was as big as a wagon car — that’s what it felt like looking at it,” Watson said.

Scruton said he hoped that Bruce had enjoyed his holiday in Newcastle and had moved on for good.

“He’s worn out his welcome. We want him to go,” he said.

“We’ve never had one come that was so big and stay for so long.”

© – AFP 2015

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