The Great White Shark of Fraser Island was “turned on” by jet skiers, as the sea creature lunged at a woman’s leg.
Libby Williams, whose leg narrowly escaped the shark, slowed down to track the shark along with another jet skier, which was later identified as his husband. The shark has been identified as Great White Shark.
“So this just happened. I literally had to move my leg so it didn’t get mauled!!” wrote Williams, who had filmed the incident. The video has been viewed more than 160,00 times on Facebook. “Notice the lack of screams?vI think I must have been too scared. I was ready to head home after that!” she said, ABC reports.
Bond University shark expert Daryl McPhee who identified the shark believed that these sea creatures are not always aggressive.”I guess it thought the jet ski was annoying,” he said.”I don’t think it thought they were lunch. I think it was the shark being annoyed and it telling the source of annoyance to go away.”
Williams and her husband were locals from Hervey Bay. The video was spread out to Queensland and Sunshine Coast fishing pages, Daily Mail reported. captured the event on GoPro and shared it online.
“It’s idiots like this that give the Jetski’ing (sic) community a bad reputation and are going to destroy it,” another commented on Facebook.”My question… Why? Why did a redneck bogan idiot have to get so close to agitate that poor shark?!!!,” another commenter wrote to the Sunshine Coast Fishing Facebook page.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is known for sharks and whales. The great white shark is listed as vulnerable species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 .
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