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Beach goer coaxes shark away from shallow waters

A man in Australia pushed a shark back into the sea, after it was seen swimming in shallow waters near beachgoers.

Local media said the 6.5 feet Dusky Whaler shark was spotted over the weekend near the shoreline at Bulcock Beach at Caloundra on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, causing some tourists to panic.

After being pushed back into deeper waters, local media said the shark stayed in the area for a while, before swimming further out to sea.

Tourist Tash Kimlin said she shouted out to her two young children when the alarm was raised.

"It was pretty scary, yeah I was just calling out to them and they couldn't really understand what I was saying," she said.

"Do you think you want to get back in the water again?" she asked one of her young girls, who replied, "No!"

Tourist Liam Murie was asked by a television reporter if he was thinking twice about getting back in the water.

"At first, sort of, but now no. It's too good not to miss," he said.

Channel Nine, quoting experts, said the shark was likely to be sick and that was the reason it swam so close to shore.

The dusky shark reaches 14 ft in length and 765 lb in weight.

It has a slender, streamlined body and can be identified by its short round snout, long sickle-shaped pectoral fins, ridge between the first and second dorsal fins, and faintly marked fins.

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