It's been a busy week for great white sharks at Tuncurry's Nine Mile Beach, and Forster aerial photographer, Adam Fitzroy, has been johnny on the spot for a number of captivating moments.
First he documented a crew of fishermen from Wallis Lake Fishermen's Co-op freeing a great white from their net on Sunday, May 10, and he was once again on hand to simultaneously film and alert a group of unwitting surfers to a pair of great whites swimming in their midst yesterday, May 14.
With clean waves coming through and the late afternoon sunset providing a picturesque glow, Adam was simply trying to get a nice shot of the surfers when he spotted the two sharks swimming within metres of them.
"I flew out over the surfers to compose my shot of them in the sunset and when I panned down the sharks were there," he said.
Stationed by the break wall a good 200 metres south of the surfers, Adam left his drone hovering in the air while he ran up the beach to try to alert the group to the potential threat.
"It was just alarm bells," he said.
"You see people and you see a shark and you just feel an obligation."
Thankfully the dozen or so surfers didn't take long to respond to Adam's frantic arm-waving and shouting, and within a few minutes they were all safely on the sand.
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For Adam, who has no ambitions to film anyone getting attacked, it was a massive relief.
It was a relief for the surfers too, but that didn't mean they weren't keen to check out how close the sharks came.
"Every single one of them wanted to come up and see the footage," Adam said.
Long-time Forster surfer, Rob Dent, was in the water at the time, and while he admitted none of the surfers had any idea the sharks were there, he said it wouldn't deter him from the ocean.
"We surf arvos and mornings everyday," he said.
"It probably happens a lot and we don't really know."
However, he praised Adam for his response and also said it was good to get a glimpse of how the sharks behaved around the surfers.
"That was kind of reassuring," Rob said.
"Obviously they didn't want to eat us."
For Adam, who's had the opportunity to observe the little-understood creatures a number of times now, it was reassuring as well.
"It's comforting to know the more I film them the more I know they're just inquisitive creatures," he said.
"It's just the unpredictability of nature that gets my heart going."
To check out more of Adam's photos and videos, click here.
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