Surf action has been temporarily called off at South Africa’s Jeffreys Bay after a shark sighting less than 100 metres from competitors.
Shark sighting at J-Bay
The shark breach took place in almost the exact same spot where Aussie Mick Fanning had his encounter with a Great White shark in 2015.
The shark which breached about 100 yards from the line-up was immediately spotted by patrol staff.
Surfers taken from water
South African surf star Jordy Smith was plucked from the water straight away.
“They said they saw a shark, I guess,” surfer Jordy Smith told the World Surf League’s (WSL) Rosy Hodge after being helped from the water by water patrol.
“I don’t know. The guys came zooming over on the ski.”
Early reports have suggested the shark spotted was a Mako Shark which is slightly less scary than a Great White. Put it this way, I’ve never seen the Mako Shark on those “World’s Top 10 Most Deadly Creatures” TV shows.
A shark breached the line-up. Everyone was removed from the water safely Competition is off for the day and will potentially resume tomorrow pic.twitter.com/l4tgO0BiLs
— World Surf League (@wsl) July 18, 2017
Second shark sighting in two days
Shark sighting at J-Bay is becoming pretty common apparently. Only yesterday a giant fin was spotted near the competitors and I am pretty sure it is not a Mako.
Amongst the drama, Australians Mick Fanning, Joel Parkinson, Owen Wright and current ratings leader Matt Wilkinson all progressed to round four of the J-Bay event.
by Michael T. Lynch – contributor