Shark attack surfer reports scary incident to lifesavers

LATEST: A man aged in his 20s has reported his suspected shark attack to lifesavers the day after a frightening incident at Kings Beach.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast duty officer David McLean said the man had spoken with lifesavers from Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club on Sunday morning.

"He said basically that the thing has come and tried to grab him," Mr McLean said.

A Facebook post details a suspected shark attack which occurred at Kings Beach
A Facebook post details a suspected shark attack which occurred at Kings Beach Contributed

But he said the man had reported the creature's jaws being too small to take hold.

Swimmers and surfers did not seem perturbed as they took to the water at Kings Beach in great numbers on Sunday.

A surfer takes off at Kings Beach the day after a man reported a shark attack nearby.
A surfer takes off at Kings Beach the day after a man reported a shark attack nearby. Stuart Cumming

A photo showing blood coming from a man's body was posted next to a report about the incident on Dorsal Shark Reports Australia Facebook page on Saturday evening.

Beachgoers spread out across the sand at Kings Beach.
Beachgoers spread out across the sand at Kings Beach. Stuart Cumming

EARLIER: A surfer has reported being bitten by a shark while laying on his board about 10m offshore at Caloundra.

An anonymous report was posted on the Dorsal - Queensland Shark Reports Facebook page about 6pm Saturday, detailing the Kings Beach incident.

"Shark hit me hard from the rear left side, felt it take two or three quick bites before I could even react and thrash it off," the post read.

"Shark was obviously small, couldn't fit jaws around my waist, but still enough to give me the fright of my life."

The person who posted it said further inspection of the bite showed the shark's jaw size was about the diameter of a dinner plate.

"I'm sure someone with more knowledge could make a fair guess at the size," he said in the post.

"Still very rattled ... Not freaking out quite as much as my Mum, though."

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast duty officer David McLean said lifesavers at Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club had not received any reports of a shark attack.

Mr McLean said lifesavers were aware of the Facebook report and were monitoring the water.

He said Kings Beach was open to swimmers.

"We would implore people not to be swimming around dusk or dawn when it is their feeding time," Mr McLean said.

He also encouraged people to swim between the flags where life savers were patrolling.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said paramedics were not called to any shark attacks on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Another shark sighting at Marcoola about 10.30am Saturday was also reported on the same website.

Meanwhile at Wurtulla on Saturday, resident Jayden Lowrie - a former surf lifesaver and almost-daily surfer - said he had seen "something big" in the water about 3pm, forcing him and his father Ian to get out of the water immediately.

He told the Wurtulla lifeguard the creature was about 2m long but he was unsure whether it was a shark or a ray.

He said the lifeguard had said a confirmed sighting would have meant closing the beach.



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