Fri. Nov 18th, 2022

A shark has been spotted near the shore on Papamoa beach in the Bay of Plenty.
Tash Bowden and her family had been swimming at the beach on Saturday when they were told there was a shark lurking near the shore.
I had just been in the water … and we just sat and looked straight out, and I just saw a fin, Bowden said.
The shark, which she estimated was about two metres long, swam straight past Bowden and her children Mercedes, 7, and Phoenix, 5.
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Theres not too many people out in the water, but it was very close to the shore.
The two metre-long shark was spotted at Papamoa beach.
Bowden said people had been a lot more wary about sharks in light of the fatal shark attack in Waih Beach in January.
Its important when we do see sharks to get out of their territory, she said.
Kaelah Marlow, 19, died at Bowentown Beach after being attacked in the water.
Shortly after her death, a 61-year-old Aucklander was attacked by a shark at Papamoa beach.
The 61-year-old, who asked not to be named, went for an evening body-surf at around 8pm at Papamoa beach.
He was only in the water for a matter of minutes when he dove under a wave and felt something snap onto his arm.
He was left with bruising and puncture wounds.