Shark spotted at popular Coast beach, surfers rush to shore

SURFERS have reported an encounter with a three metre shark at Alexandra Headland this evening. 

Queensland Shark Reports called in the sighting after a large shark of unknown species was spotted circling surfers at the busy Sunshine Coast surf spot. 

"Couple (of) fella's about 20 metres away had a big swirling shark right next to them and went straight into shore," said the surfer who reported the incident.  

"I followed and asked them and they said unknown shark about 3m long. Happened just behind the breaking waves."

Southerly winds have coincided with a small run of swell on the Sunshine Coast this week meaning Alexandra Headlands has been packed full of surfers.

The sighting comes after reports of a very large Tiger Shark chasing surfers from the water off Mudjimba Island, on February 9 this year.

In another incident about the same time a smaller shark was spotted at Tea Tree Bay in Noosa.

Despite relatively regular sightings on the Sunshine Coast there hasn't been an attack since 1975 when a young man by the name of Gary Grace was bitten - at a surf spot Coast surfers call the Pipeline - close to the location of the sighting this evening.

Last year local Ron Pointon recapped the tale of his friend surviving the near fatal attack. 

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