‘Shark’ clears hundreds from Surfers beach

WITNESSES have described “frantic panic” at Surfers Paradise today when a ‘shark’ was spotted swimming between the flags.

Hundreds of beachgoers were cleared from the water around 11.30am on Sunday when swimmers spotted what looked to be a shark lurking in the shallows at a packed Surfers Paradise Beach.

The shark alarm sounded and lifesavers closed the beach as a precaution while the sighting was investigated.


After 10 minutes of frantic panic – as described by those on scene – the animal was identified as a dolphin.

A hovering helicopter gave the all clear and swimmers flocked back into the surf.

PICTURE: Isaak Schiller