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Shark scare sends kids scrambling in Victoria

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 23/12/2018 Stuart Marsh

Children have scrambled off an inflatable donut after a large shark was spotted swimming on the surface off the Mornington Peninsula.

Just after 3pm two kids were being pulled behind a boat off the shore at McCrae when the shark – possible a juvenile Great White or a Mako – was spotted cruising along the surface just 100 metres from shore.

Nicky Osborne, skippering a boat tracking the whereabouts of the shark, alerted the two children of the shark’s presence, prompting them to scramble to safety.

a bird flying over a body of water: The shark had a large, deep gash down the left side of its body. © 9News The shark had a large, deep gash down the left side of its body.

Experts believe the shark is likely injured, and a large gash could be seen down its left side.

The coast guard escorted the shark away from the shallows and lead it out to sea.

Today’s encounter is one of a number of shark sightings in Port Phillip Bay.

an animal swimming in the water: The shark was identified as a juvenile Great White Shark but experts believe it may be a Mako shark. © 9News The shark was identified as a juvenile Great White Shark but experts believe it may be a Mako shark.

At Barwon Heads 13th Beach was closed after a three-metre shark was spotted swimming 150 metres from shore.

At Cape Woolamai, a four-metre White shark was spotted swimming towards Phillip Island this morning.

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