‘Mind-blowing’ encounter with ‘curious’ great white shark off NSW coast

A Sydney-based photographer had a “mind-blowing” encounter with a great white shark off the NSW coast this weekend.

The photographer, who is known as Carved Banks, was exploring Jervis Bay on a jet ski on Sunday when he came across a juvenile great white around two to three metres in length.

The beast was “calm and curious” and circled the jet ski.

The great white shark circled the jet ski off Jervis Bay on Sunday. (Instagram: @carvedbanks)

Speaking to 9news.com.au, Carved Banks said he’s still in awe.

“It was amazing to see it that close,” he said.

“It was so curious and calm. It was mind-blowing.

“It was very healthy for a young shark — got a bit of girth on it.”

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While the shark was placid, Carved Banks said smaller great whites still pose a danger.

“They are so curious at that age and they learn by biting,” he said.

“So it is not advisable to jump into them.”

This undated image released by Discovery Channel shows a great white shark.
This undated image released by Discovery Channel shows a great white shark. (AP)

The CSIRO, Australia’s leading scientific research body, has identified two great white populations in Australia – an eastern population and a southern-western population.

The eastern population is estimated at 5460, but CSIRO has admitted there could be more than 12,802 great white cruising the waters.

The size of the south-western population is “not yet determined”, but estimates suggest there are about 1460 adults cruising the waters from western Victoria to north-west Western Australia.


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