Category: Society / January 21, 2013 8:50 AM EST
A man in Australia pushed a shark back into the sea, after it was seen swimming in shallow waters near beachgoers.
Local media said the 6.5 feet Dusky Whaler shark was spotted on Friday (January 21) near the shoreline on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, causing some tourists to panic.
After being pushed back into deeper waters, local media said the shark stayed in the area for a while, before swimming further out to sea.
"It was pretty scary, yeah I was just calling out to them and they couldn't really understand what I was saying,"
"Do you think you want to get back in the water again?" she asked one of her young girls, who replied, "No!"
Channel Nine, quoting experts, said the shark was likely to be sick and that was the reason it swam so close to shore.
The dusky shark reaches 14 ft. in length and 765 lb. in weight.
It has a slender, streamlined body and can be identified by its short round snout, long sickle-shaped pectoral fins, ridge between the first and second dorsal fins, and faintly marked fins