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Shark Believed To Be Hammerhead Swims Close To Wailoaloa Beach

A shark was sighted by staff of Turtle Airways Fiji, swimming close to Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi.
11 Sep 2020 14:31
Shark Believed To Be Hammerhead Swims Close To Wailoaloa Beach
From, left: Laisani Delana with her daughter, Clara Fisher and Tristan Smith pointing to the spot where they witnessed the shark. Photo: Mereleki Nai

A shark was sighted by staff of Turtle Airways Fiji, swimming close to Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi.

Tristan Smith, 24, who works as an Avionics Engineer at the seaplane transfer facility, said they were alerted by their Operation Manager, Laisani Delana, who first witnessed the shark.

Ms Delana said: “I was walking out of the office when I heard a slash in the water. I thought someone was swimming and when I went closer I saw the shark. It was like chasing and attacking something.”

“We have seen sharks and dolphins a few years back, but this is probably the first time they came closer to the beach.”

Mr Smith said he consulted his father, who believed it was a hammerhead shark, which is said to usually appear in certain weather.

Shark’s fin above water.

Shark’s fin above water.

“My dad, who knows a lot about sharks, said it seemed to be like a hammerhead shark based on the size of its fin. It was probably like two metres in size. We saw it just came close near the beach and it was like attacking something in the water.”

“The lady in the office saw it first and she called us all to go and have a look. For me it was the first time to see a shark coming near the shore.

“It was lucky that it didn’t appear here on the Constitution Day holiday because all the places here were filled with people. The weather too is cold and windy and it is a good environment for sharks,” he added.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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