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A fisherman has captured footage of a massive great white shark swimming just centimetres away from his small boat at Bulli Beach, NSW.
Dane Woods is clearly shocked at the size of the beast as it swims by his boat, as is evident in the video posted to Instagram and Instagram Stories. Be warned, the video does understandably contain some strong language.
The shark was one of many spotted around Bulli and Sandon Point Beaches on Friday (September 11).
"Met a megalodon today," he wrote on Instagram, alongside the video.
"F***! Are you s***ing me," Woods then says in the awesome footage above.
The Illawarra Council has since closed the beaches and advised swimmers, surfers and divers to stay out of the water.
#SUPPORTOPERATIONS // Surf Life Saving Illawarra is #warning swimmers, surfers and divers not to enter the water at #Bulli and Sandon Point beaches due to a significant number of large #sharks in the area feeding on a dead #whale carcass.
:camera: Rohnin Henry Micale pic.twitter.com/4BqBojtAwy
- Surf Life Saving NSW (@slsnsw) September 11, 2020
"Surf Life Saving Illawarra is warning swimmers, surfers and divers not to enter the water at Bulli and Sandon Point beaches due to a significant number of large sharks in the area feeding on a dead whale carcass," said Surf Life Saving NSW in a statement.
The shark sightings come just days after Gold Coast surfer Nick Slater was killed by a shark at Greenmount Beach in Coolangatta.
The longboard rider was just metres away from other surfers when he was bitten on the leg at about 5pm on Tuesday (September 8).
According to witnesses who saw the attack, he suffered a massive leg wound, which stretched from his groin to below the knee.
Eyewitness Jade Parker was on the beach when attempts to pull the man from the water began.
"I spotted a board floating in the [surfing] line up, and a body was next to it," Parker told 7News.
"I just presumed he might have got knocked out, because he wasn't moving in the water.
"I ran down to the beach, dropped my board and sort of trudged through the line up to get to him.
"There were probably about three other people in the water trying to pull him in by then ... in waist-deep water."
"He was pretty much already gone by then," Parker said.
"[The wound] was from the groin area down, just below his knee, was pretty much all taken.
"There was nothing there."
Parker said surf lifesavers stepped in to help as soon as the surfer reached the beach.
While Greenmount Beach is one of numerous Gold Coast beaches with shark nets in place, they do not provide compete protection for swimmers and surfers.
According to Queensland's Department of Agriculture and Fisheries shark net program website warns nets do not provide 'an impenetrable barrier between sharks and humans'.
"They're intended to catch 'resident sharks' and sharks that pass through the area while feeding on fish bait," the website says.
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