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Sharks at Hyams Beach Jervis Bay

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by Christina Brandalise (subscribe)
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Published December 31st 2016
More than we bargained for on this day trip
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Enjoying the water before we saw the sharks. Image: Christina Brandalise

Around 200km South of Sydney lies Jervis Bay, home to one of the world's most beautiful beaches. With crystal clear water and the whitest sand in the world, Hyams Beach is the kind of place that is popular with tourists and families alike. It has the most inviting water, you cannot help but want to swim in it.

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Jervis Bay is about 3 hours and 200km south of sydney

On a recent day trip to Hyams Beach, and after a very long drive, we were looking forward to a nice swim in that beautiful water. Unfortunately, there were two sharks very close to the shore, both of which swam up and down the beach for the best part of 2 hours (from when we first noticed them). Some guy was trying to tell us it wasn't sharks because he couldn't see fins. Then we saw the fins. There was no confusion thereafter (insert Jaws music).

I have been a beach lover my whole life, travelling to beaches near and far and this was my first encounter with sharks at any beach, let alone at a beach full of children. They came so close to the shore which is the scary part. On further investigation (google), I learned that sharks at this beach are quite common with 17 Bronze Whalers spotted the following day (close to shore in the shallows). I will say though that Hyams Beach is still a beautiful place to visit, just be careful when in the water people!

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Everyone left the water and were on sharkwatch
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Why? Beautiful water - beware of sharks
Where: Jervis Bay
Your Comment
Looks like a lovely place. Shame about the sharks but good to know.
by Irenke Forsyth (score: 3|2040) 1020 days ago
A very nice beach indeed, but would probably be on shark watch more than anything :)
by RC (score: 3|1221) 1021 days ago
Thanks for the warning. Hyams is one of our favourite beach destinations in the South. Heading there end of the month.
by jen_s (score: 1|10) 1020 days ago
Thanks for the article. The last time I snorkelled there, a week later I saw news a Great White shark was spotted where I'd been snorkelling - and there was even a photo of it in the newspaper. I haven't been back since. Ugh.
by Linda Moon (score: 3|2675) 1012 days ago
are people aware of the difference between dolphins and sharks?? the bay has pods of dolphins around the bay
by tboot (score: 1|13) 1020 days ago
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