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'It made a beeline for me': Terrifying photos show a monster bull shark stalking an unsuspecting surfer on the Gold Coast - before he screams for help

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a close up of a mountain: The two unsuspecting surfers were spotted being stalked by a shark on the Gold Coast (pictured: the shark as it came up behind Chris Bennetts) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The two unsuspecting surfers were spotted being stalked by a shark on the Gold Coast (pictured: the shark as it came up behind Chris Bennetts) This is the terrifying moment an unsuspecting surfer is stalked by a six-foot bull shark on the Gold Coast.

The looming predator followed the surfer on Thursday morning at Tallebudgera Creek.

Chris Bennetts was catching waves with his friend Josh Dowthwaite and remembers seeing a 'big black shadow' before realising the shark was shadowing them.

a person on a surfboard in the water: The looming predator was spotted shadowing the pair on Thursday morning (pictured) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The looming predator was spotted shadowing the pair on Thursday morning (pictured)

'As I looked over my shoulder he's just done a U-turn and pretty much bee-lined for me,' he told 9 News. 

The East Coast Foil Club Australia member started to yell at the top of his lungs to alert his friend to the impending threat.

'I could hear him scream and I couldn't really make it out but he was just waving me over, I knew straight away it was a shark,' Josh said.

water next to the ocean: Chris Bennetts was catching waves with his friend Josh when he saw the shark nearby meanwhile Daniel Ryan was recording the unfolding drama on his drone (pictured is Mr Ryan's footage) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Chris Bennetts was catching waves with his friend Josh when he saw the shark nearby meanwhile Daniel Ryan was recording the unfolding drama on his drone (pictured is Mr Ryan's footage)

As the pair feared the worst Daniel Ryan, a photographer out using his drone, was nearby capturing the shark's movements as it hunted the pair. 

'You could see him turning around looking at it and thinking ''I got to get out of here'',' Mr Ryan explained. 

Despite the potential threat to the popular beach often visited by families, the pair say they will back in the water in no time at all.  


On Monday a professional surfing event off Western Australia was briefly suspended after a shark attack nearby.

The Margaret River Pro event, part of the World Surf Tour, was put on hold for an hour after the attack at Gracetown, about 15 kilometeres (nine miles) away.

A man in his 30s, who was surfing at Cobblestones Beach near Gracetown, was bitten on the leg but managed to bodysurf to shore where bystanders used a rope from his surfboard to apply a torniquet

The victim was still conscious when flown to Royal Perth Hospital by air ambulance. A four-metre shark was later spotted nearby.

a large body of water: The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach (pictured) near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The man in his 30s was bitten at Cobblestones Beach (pictured) near Gracetown in Western Australia's south-west about 8am on Monday

Surf photographer Peter Jovic, who witnessed the attack from the beach, told ABC Radio 'a shark pretty much popped up and ended up knocking a surfer off his board.

'There was a lot more thrashing around after that, it was pretty hard to see what was going on. The surfer who was being attacked ended up miraculously body surfing into a little wave and getting pushed in by a local at the same time, who was out there with him, and making it to shore before everyone came to his aid.'

Jovic said everyone was 'walking around like stunned mullets' after the attack.

After assessing the situation, organizers of the Margaret River Pro decided to resume the event with additional safety measures in place. Organizers added more drones and jet skis to ensure the safety of competitors.

Recent shark attacks in Western Australia 

2010

August: Surfer Nick Edwards, 31, dies near Gracetown

2011

September: Kyle Burden, 21, killed while boogie boarding at Bunker Bay

October: Bryn Martin, 64, disappears at Cottesloe Beach

October: US man George Thomas Wainwright, 32, killed while diving off Rottnest Island

2012

March: Peter Kurmann, 33, dies while diving off Stratham Beach

July: Surfer Ben Linden, 24, dies off Wedge Island

2013

November: Chris Boyd, 35, killed at Gracetown

2014

October: Surfer Sean Pollard, 23, loses arm and another hand near Esperance

November: Cameron Pearman, 13, bitten while surfing at Port Bouvard

December: Spear fisher Jay Muscat, 17, killed near Albany

2015

October: Surfer Eli Zawadzki, 18, bitten on the foot at Dawesville

2016

June: Surfer Ben Gerring, 29, dies three days after losing his leg at Falcon Beach

June: Doreen Collyer, 60, killed less than a week later while diving with a friend off Mindarie

2017

April: Laeticia Brouwer, 17, fatally bitten on the leg while surfing with her dad at Esperance

2018

April: A surfer, in his 30s, bitten on the lower leg at Gracetown

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