An underwater filmmaker, Madison Stewart captured a huge shark near a famous surfing spot which is between Ballina and Evans Head in far northern New South Wales on Tuesday morning.
The area is known for shark attacks in previous times.
The shark was seen swimming towards a 40 tonne dead whale carcass that had floated to Patchs Beach at South Ballina last Friday.
According to Ms Madison, the shark was moving in the direction of the oil from the dead whale.
She shared the footage on her Instagram page and captioned it :
‘She was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. I followed her for ages, watching her move in precision following oil coming from the dead whale,’
Madison Stewart had also filmed a shark swimming in the area, a day before this and it remains uncertain if it is the same shark or a different one. But Ms Madison claims that the area is not safe for surfing because the dead whale would continue to attract more sharks.
‘Filmed this beauty this morning,’ she posted on Instagram.
‘Let’s steer clear of Ballina/Evans heads surf breaks for a little while folks. Dead whale has attracted some sharks.’
Ms Stewart has also posted footage recently to caution surfers of the danger of surfing when there is a whale carcass and to stay safe if they decide to take the risk while sharks remain in the area.
‘The beach was empty but I warned the few people on my walk back, including one lone surfer. I told him there are sharks around, to which he replied ‘when isn’t there’, I continued to mention ‘well it’s different because of the whale carcass…’ but he was already walking away,’ Ms Stewart wrote on Tuesday.
‘In many ways, I respect the surfers who will go no matter what, but do they respect where their choices could lead? The trauma of the first responders and families?
‘Then to the culling and hunting of the sharks? At what point do we make people take responsibility for their actions?’
‘If you choose to surf downstream of a whale carcass, shouldn’t the shark be relieved of the blame and consequences?’
‘These sharks will remain in the area due to the smell. The energy expelled by sharks to find the whale will lead them to look elsewhere.’
Ms Stewart has raised the opinion that information on dangerous marine life be taught and included in the school curriculum.