Great White Shark Returns To Lake Macquarie, And It Brought A Friend

Dustin Wicksell

A 9-foot-long great white shark has been spotted in Australia's Lake Macquarie, close to the scene of another recent sighting, along with a smaller, unidentified fish that some researchers believe could be the shark's offspring.

The shark was spotted by a trio of fishermen, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, just 100 meters from Murrays Beach, the site of a confirmed sighting several months ago. The anglers were startled when the white shark approached their boat and seemingly eyeballed them, investigating the craft, which was just a scant six-feet-longer than the predator itself.

"It just came up for a look at us, rolled on its side and cruised off," said Jimmy Blenkey, one of the trio. "We waited around for a while thinking it might come back, but it didn't."

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Earlier this year, beaches around Newcastle were closed for a record number of days after a massive great white was spotted. As the Daily Telegraph points out, several other sharks were sighted in the region as well, including a juvenile great white, causing researchers to further question the sharks' parenting behavior.

"We have all caught cobias before and none of us thought it was one of those," Blenkey asserted. "But it obviously could be anything."

Last December, a juvenile white shark was spotted near a wharf in Lake Macquarie, sparking international headlines. As the Inquisitr noted at the time, the great white hunted in the shallows for an hour while curious onlookers filmed it.

Though experts examined the photos the anglers managed to take, distortion from the water made it nearly impossible for them to positively identify the great white sharks.

[Image: Gavin Fairclough via the Sydney Morning Herald]