Nando and Peta Figueiredo with their daughter were paddling at Lake Kawana when they had to leave the water after a shark swam up to them.
Nando and Peta Figueiredo with their daughter were paddling at Lake Kawana when they had to leave the water after a shark swam up to them. John McCutcheon

Family's terrifying encounter with massive shark in public lake

A FAMILY swim at Lake Kawana could have ended in tragedy after a near-miss with a shark, the day an expert warned of bull shark attacks in the area.

Peta Figueiredo said her husband Nando and their six-month-old daughter Kitana were sitting in "knee-high water" when she heard a "massive splash" created by what she believed to be a 1.5-2m shark.

"We looked and we saw this big thing turning," she said.

"It turned towards my husband and baby.

"I've only just stopped shaking, that could have been so bad."

 

BULL SHARKS: A council sign at Lake Kawana warning of sharks.
BULL SHARKS: A council sign at Lake Kawana warning of sharks. John McCutcheon

Amid Mrs Figueiredo screams, her family raced from the water back to safety and vowed never to return to their regular swimming spot of two years.

Shark expert Tony Isaacson previously told The Daily he believed "the next major incident with a shark... is more likely to be in a canal, estuary or managed waterway like Lake Kawana".

Mrs Figueiredo said she warned a nearby kayaker about what she saw, but they seemed unfazed and told her they see them all the time.

The sighting has since been reported to the Sunshine Coast Council and the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, with Mrs Figueiredo hoping the incident will prompt more obvious signage.

"Council have this tiny, little sign," she said.

"It doesn't say there are sharks there and it's not very big."

The current signs in the area warn of "potential for marine creatures", but don't explicitly state there are sharks in the water.

Council were contacted for comment, but the request has been passed to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries who are yet to respond.



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