A drone has captured footage of a great white shark swimming less than a metre away from a surfer as he dangled his feet in the water, waiting for the next wave.
The large shark was spotted making a beeline for the man and another surfer at notorious shark attack spot Lighthouse Beach, on the NSW north coast near Ballina. It appears to chase the second surfer as he catches a wave, before turning its attention to the man who is paddling nearby.
The video was taken over the summer months by the NSW Government as part of a trial to detect shark movements, according to 9News. Pilots based on a nearby cliff flew the drones 60 metres above the ocean within a five kilometre radius and alerted police and lifeguards when there was a shark sighting.
There have been at least 11 total shark attacks two which were fatal in the Ballina area since 2014, according to The Australian.
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