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Aussie dad checks Shark Bay for predators but sees one lurking in plain sight

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Dad ‘testing the water’ for his kids on an Australian beach is stunned by a VERY dangerous threat just yards away – so can you see it?

  • BJ and Janelle are touring Australia full time with their two young children
  • While taking a rest stop at Shark Bay, in WA, they decided to go for a swim
  • BJ checked the water by sharking his foot into it before inspecting the area
  • Out of nowhere a deadly creature emerges from the crystal clear waters

Incredible footage captured by a traveling family shows a young father checking an Australian beach for swimming before spotting something deadly lurking in the water.

BJ and Janelle have been traveling full time across Australia with their two young children since May 2021, so they are well versed in the sometimes compromising landscape that is Down Under.

In a video shared on their Instagram Lost is foundBJ walked to the surface of crystal clear water in Shark Bay, Western Australia, and shook his foot, creating ripples in the surf.

BJ and Janelle have been traveling full time across Australia with their two young children since May 2021, so they are well versed in the sometimes compromising landscape that is Down Under

Immediately a shadow appeared right in front of him and swam closer, revealing itself as a large tiger shark frolicking in the shallows.

“We were on our way for a swim and saw a fin so my husband splashed a bit to see if he was aggressive and he came straight at him,” Janelle told FEMAIL.

“We’ve decided not to swim with the kids there.”

While it’s common to see sharks in Shark Bay’s namesake, they’re usually not that far out in the shoreline, the family said.

Immediately a shadow appeared right in front of him and swam closer, revealing itself as a large tiger shark frolicking in the shallows.

Immediately a shadow appeared right in front of him and swam closer, revealing itself as a large tiger shark frolicking in the shallows.

While it's common to see sharks in Shark Bay's namesake, they're usually not that far out in the shoreline, the family said.

While it’s common to see sharks in Shark Bay’s namesake, they’re usually not that far out in the shoreline, the family said.

Their followers were shocked by how difficult it was to spot the shark initially, despite the sunny day and clear water.

“Despite the clear water, it was hard to see until it hit the very shallow water,” one woman noted.

‘LOL. I was willing to laugh at people being overly paranoid, but then it popped up. Okay fair,” said another.

A third added: ‘I’m surprised someone turns 18 in Australia’.

In 2020, the CSIRO estimated that up to 12,802 great white sharks – including juveniles – could be active in eastern Australia.

The numbers around Western Australia are estimated to be much lower, at around 2,250.

The caravan and ute of the family they travel through Australia

The caravan and ute of the family they travel through Australia

Their followers were shocked by how difficult it was initially to spot the shark despite the sunny day and clear water

Their followers were shocked by how difficult it was initially to spot the shark despite the sunny day and clear water

That number has likely increased since then.

But your risk of being bitten by a shark within a year is less than one in a million, much less than the risk of drowning if you swim without sharks.

Six shark attacks were recorded in Western Australia in 2021, including one fatality. Last year there were seven attacks, in which three people lost their lives.

Last year there were 12 shark attacks across Australia and three were fatal.

Global warming, changing fish populations and migrations or even ‘rogue’ sharks are responsible for an increasing number of sharks biting humans.

HOOK ATTACK PREVENTION TIPS

1. Do not enter the water if you see a shark.

2. Know the area. Ask lifeguards or locals if sharks have been spotted in the area and check the Dorsal Shark Reporting app.

3. Do not enter the water if you are bleeding. Blood attracts sharks.

4. Do not swim or enter the ocean in low light. Some sharks can be more active at night, dawn and dusk, and their vision may be obscured by the low light.

5. Avoid swimming near estuaries that come into contact with the waters of the oceans. Bull sharks are known to feed in these areas and the water can be murky.

6. Avoid swimming in murky water. Sharks hunt using a variety of senses, including sight. If they sense your presence but can’t see you, they may come to investigate.

7. Avoid swimming after storms when the water can be cloudy.

8. Avoid wearing yellow colored bathing suits. The term yum-yum yellow has been used to describe neon yellow bathing suits that seem to attract sharks.

9. Don’t wear shiny jewelry. The brilliance of a jewel or necklace can resemble fish scales on a predator.

10- Brightly colored tattoos can also attract sharks to investigate.

11. Use even strokes while swimming. A lot of splashing can sound like an injured fish to a shark.

12. Swim in groups close to shore, away from drop-offs in the water.

13. If you see baitfish or birds diving into the water, swim away and towards the shore as quickly and calmly as possible. Sharks can feed.

14. Do not swim with seals or sea lions. They are prey for sharks.

15. Don’t swim around fishermen. Their bait could attract sharks.

17. If you are an avid surfer or diver, consider purchasing a shark deterrent and tourniquet surf line.

18. Snorkelers and divers are advised to stay in groups, dive in areas with good visibility and scan their environment regularly.

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