Police and lifeguards were alerted to the sighting and about twenty people line-fishing at the
spot were urged to stay away. No more than people were in the water.
The shark, thought to be a bronze whaler, came within ten metres of the shore on the eastern side of the Bay of Plenty beach about 10.15am.
Surf Life Saving regional guard patrol said there had been several shark sightings this week but the beach remained open. The beach would be shut if the sharks began circling or swimming towards the flags, or if the water was packed.
‘But a lot of the time you don’t see it until the last minute. It’s deemed to be dangerous if there’s a lot of people in the water and we want to get them out of the flagged area because he might be turning around and swimming around’, an guard patrol official said.
Lifeguards were not allowed to enter the water to chase off the sharks. There has never been a shark attack at Papamoa Beach.