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Snorkeller’s close encounter at Minnie bay

A snorkeller is warning beach goers at Minnie Water of a shark encounter he recently experienced there.
A snorkeller is warning beach goers at Minnie Water of a shark encounter he recently experienced there.

AFTER being "buzzed" by a two-metre-plus shark in Minnie Water bay, keen snorkeller Peter Lynch is warning users of the popular spot to be on alert.

Mr Lynch, of Pillar Valley, was entering the water for a snorkelling session and was only a few metres from the shore when he noticed the shark.

"He circled me and buzzed me," Mr Lynch said. "He was so close I could have touched him."

He said he could not identify what breed of shark it was, but noted it did not have any stripes.

"It definitely wasn't a tiger shark, but I'm thinking it could have been a bull shark," he said.

He said this was the third encounter with a shark in this area in recent times.

Despite being shaken by his brush with a possible killer, Mr Lynch did not want to be alarmist.

"Sharks are around all the time," he said.

"But I just want people who use the area to be aware and make their own decision.

"There are no waves here so it's a popular place for young people to come for a swim and a snorkel.

"Even in the winter time on sunny days there can be people down here using the water."

Mr Lynch said on Sunday there had been a lot of fish carcases in the water after fishermen had filleted their catch, which could have attracted the shark.

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