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Beach closes after 60 bull sharks invades the shoreline

Swimmers and surfers were requested to evacuate a popular NSW beach on Monday after 60 bull sharks were seen in the water. The sharks, which were around two meters in length, were seen swimming around Lighthouse Beach in Ballina.

Authorities from Surf Life Saving NSW began clearing the water and the shoreline was officially closed about three hours later.

Garry Meredith from Surf Life Saving NSW told The Northern Star he’d ‘never seen anything like it’.It is thought the sharks had gathered to feed as the tide was going out.

Cr Wright said: ‘The break right on North Wall was really working, and that’s where (the sharks) were. The surf was great but just (nearby), that’s where a lot of the sharks were. Once again, we’ve got people, in my opinion, being selfish when they know that the sharks are there.’

Cr Wright said he was disappointed that volunteers needed to spend their public holiday trying to keep people refusing to leave the water safe, and risking their own safety in the process.

There have been a number of shark-related incidents in Ballina in the past decade.

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Written by Shashank