February 24, 2017 1:50 pm
Updated: February 24, 2017 1:54 pm

Drone captures great white shark approaching unsuspecting surfer in Australia

WATCH: The close encounter was filmed in an area which some call the “shark attack capital” of Australia.


Drone footage captured on New South Wales’ Lighthouse Beach saw a close call between a surfer and a great white shark.

Filmed in an area which some call the “shark attack capital” of Australia, a great white shark swims harrowingly close to a surfer who is unaware of the predator’s presence.

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In the final moments of the shark’s approach, it veers off in another direction, leaving the surfer unscathed.

READ MORE: Kayaker captures close call with Great White shark off coast of Australia

The footage is a part of the government’s AU$16-million project to help detect shark activity and deter attacks on bathers and surfers. The drones are flown 60 metres above the ocean in a four-kilometre circuit, providing real-time information and visuals to analysts. Shark sightings and warnings are then posted to Twitter.

Aerial surveillance is just one part of the government’s five-year “Shark Management Strategy” to “increase protection for bathers from shark interactions while minimizing harm to sharks or other animals.”

Other methods include sonar technology and real-time tracking of tagged sharks.

According to the Taronga Conservation Society, NSW has the most recorded shark attacks across Australia in recent years, with eight non-fatal, unprovoked attacks in 2016 alone.

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