News

Curious leopard shark cruises with kayakers

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: A kayaking group from Epic Ocean Adventures was joined by a docile leopard shark on Sunday.
CLOSE ENCOUNTER: A kayaking group from Epic Ocean Adventures was joined by a docile leopard shark on Sunday. Contributed

A 1.5m zebra shark (commonly referred to as a "leopard" shark in Australia) became the unexpected eighth member of a kayaking tour at Double Island Point on the weekend.

The docile shark species normally cruises the bottom of the ocean, but stayed near the surface, swimming among the kayaking group from Epic Ocean Adventures at Rainbow Beach for about an hour on Sunday afternoon.

Co-owner of the business Tyson Van Santen captured the interaction on his Go Pro 4, which is able to be used under water, showing just how closely the shark swam to the kayaks in the group.

"Seven of us went out on our three-hour dolphin kayak tour at Double Island Point," Mr Van Santen said.

"We left Rainbow Beach about 12.30pm, so we were out on the water by 1pm.

"We were just paddling around the headland at what we call the Cove and we saw him."

The shark seemed not at all fazed by the group of kayakers, swimming in and around them for about an hour.

"He was coming along right up to the kayaks, checking us out," Mr Van Santen said.

It was a good day for spotting marine wildlife on Sunday.

Mr Van Santen's group also saw a big group of manta rays and a loggerhead turtle, but he said it is the local pods of dolphins that are most popular.

Fast facts

Docile and slow-moving, zebra sharks are not dangerous to humans and can be easily approached under water, but they have bitten divers who pull on their tails or attempt to ride them.

They feed primarily on shelled molluscs, crustaceans, small bony fish and possibly sea snakes.

During the day, zebra sharks are sluggish and usually found resting on the sea bottom.

Gympie Times

Topics:  animals double island point editors picks shark



Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

A CITY drenched in culture, Brisbane is again flaunting an arts and culture events calendar fit for a queen.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Six reasons to get to Brisbane this Autumn

The Brisbane Powerhouse has free comedy on Friday nights.

AUTUMN has to be up there with one of the best seasons of the year.

The best things to do in Brisbane are FREE. Yes, FREE

Mt Coot-tha is a seriously gorgeous way to start your day.

HEADING to the big smoke doesn’t have to come with a big price tag.

Three trapped after truck t-bones car

Police question two passengers after a dangerous traffic crash on Tin Can Bay Rd this afternoon.

Astonishingly, no major injuries reported

Woodchop results from the Gympie Show

Tom Willis.

Did you or someone you know enter the Gympie Show?

Newton back for humorous go in Kevin07

RETURN: Andrew Newton is returning perform with the Zodiac Players in their new show.

Zodiac Players take on Kevin07

Local Partners

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

IF AUSTRALIA does have a tall poppy syndrome, Mia Freedman has most certainly been a victim.

Rooftop cocktails and canapes in Gympie

Jamie Cook, of the Gympie Bone Museum Project, holding fully cleaned young male and female sheep heads.

Ticket selling fast for rooftop cocktails and canapes

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Star Wars' 1977 Stormtrooper head banger confesses

A Stormtrooper is responsible for the biggest blunder in a Star Wars movie. Picture: Supplied

Man in most famous blooper in Star Wars history breaks silence

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

Open for inspection homes May 25-31

Check out this weekend's homes open for inspection

How Toowoomba house prices compare in Australia

For sale sign in front of home.

Here's what $700,000 will buy you in Toowoomba, Brisbane and Sydney

One of Maryborough's most historic homes is still for sale

FULL OF HISTORY: Trisha Moulds is owner of the historic Tinana state known as Rosehill. The beautiful home is currently for sale.

It has been the scene of both joy and tragedies over the years.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!