Surfer and son spot shark at Coles

WATCH OUT: Simon Bey and his son Jai Rough-Bey spotted the great white shark, which they estimate to be about 10 feet long, near Coles Point on Monday.

WATCH OUT: Simon Bey and his son Jai Rough-Bey spotted the great white shark, which they estimate to be about 10 feet long, near Coles Point on Monday.

A local surfer encourages people to keep safe in the surf and aware of the conditions after his son spotted a great white shark on Monday, October 8.

Standing on the Coles Point stairs, surfer Simon Bey and his son Jai Rough-Bey spotted the shark, about 10 feet long, swimming about 50 metres out from the beach and watched it cruise through the waves for five minutes before it took off.

“When it was picked up in a wave you could clearly see its shape,” Mr Bey said.

An overcast day, Mr Bey decided to keep his family and his friends out of the water until the conditions cleared up to reduce the risk of a shark attack.

“Fortunately we weren’t in the water,” he said. 

“People used to be secretive of where they’d go to surf...now we like to have company.”

A surfer for 30 years, Mr Bey said he kept himself familiar with shark movements through talking to fishermen as well as other surfers, and tried not to surf on an overcast day.

He also said he kept up to date with Shark Watch South Australia to find out where the safest areas to surf were.

Mr Bey said he had heard of “at least half a dozen” shark reports from surfers over the last two months.

“Spring months are the worst (for shark attacks)...it’s the time when we’re going to see more of them.”