In a terrifying encounter captured on pictures taken by a drone. A great white shark can be seen circling just inches away from a pro surfer. Before darting away.

In a terrifying encounter captured on pictures taken by a drone. A great white shark can be seen circling just inches away from a pro surfer. Before darting away.

Drone captures pictures of pro surfer being circled by great white shark: Officials said that the shark may have been frightened off from attacking Matt Wilkinson by a leg rope touching its nose. Or the noise of the drone overhead. The incident happened on Wednesday near the resort town of Ballina, Sydney. While Mr Wilkinson was partaking in a recreational surf.

The 32-year-old said that he did not see the shark but did hear a fin break the water near him. The professional surfer said. “I heard, like, the sound of its tail and I kinda looked back and I was like. ‘No, there’s nothing there’. Just minutes later Mr Wilkinson heard the drone give out a recorded message for everyone to leave the water. Due to a shark having been spotted.

He saw the pictures when he got back to the beach and said that. “his heart just sank”. The operator of the drone, Beau Monks from Surf Life Saving NSW, said he was unsure why the shark decided at the last moment not to attack. But it could well have been the noise of the drone that frightened it off.

He added that marine creatures tend to move away from the noise of a drone as they get scared. The state coast north of Sydney, where Ballina is situated, has become notorious for shark attacks in recent years. And drones patrol the beaches for sharks every day.


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