Spear fishermen captured this giant shark leaping from the water on film at Double island Point recently
Spear fishermen captured this giant shark leaping from the water on film at Double island Point recently Frances Klein

Leaping shark at Double Island could be a spinner

THE giant shark captured on film leaping from the water at Double Island Point recently could be a spinner shark, Double Island Point adventure tour operator Tyron van Santen said.

The co-owner of Epic Ocean Adventures, who runs kayaking, surfing, paddle board and kite-surfing tours says spinner sharks are not an uncommon sight in the area, but to capture one 'spinning' from the water was rare.  

"It looked like the behaviour of a spinner shark," he told The Gympie Times after seeing the video. 

 

He said spinner sharks, which he sees around the headland off Double Island Point lighthouse once a month on average, use a method of spinning to hunt fish.

"They charge at the school of fish from behind and underneath usually and hit them at quite a bit of speed and break the water."

He says they are not particularly dangerous as they target smaller fish, but they can be aggressive in the area they are feeding in.

Mr van Santen, who has been co-running Epic Ocean Adventures for five years, said the most commonly sighted sharks at Double Island Point are leopard sharks, which swim on the top of the water catching small fish.

 

 

He said winter is the perfect time to see marine life in the region as the water temperature drops there is more activity in the water. 

Manta rays come close to the rocks looking for plankton and  dolphin pods and turtles are plentiful. 

He is awaiting the first whale sighting of the season as they migrate north for the winter, which he expects any day after sightings off the Gold Coast this week now as they migrate north for the winter. 

Last week the adventure company captured a pod of dolphins on one of their kayak tours (see video above provided by Epic Ocean Adventure). 

"Double Island Point is one of the most spectacular places I've seen."

 

 

Aerial shot of Double Island Point shot by Epic Ocean Adventures
Aerial shot of Double Island Point shot by Epic Ocean Adventures Frances Klein
Gympie Times

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