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Swimmers' brief shark encounter

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Swimmers competing in a race in Sydney, Australia have had a close encounter with two sharks, one of which is believed to have swum directly beneath them.

The 700 swimmers were competing in a Surf Lifesaving race off Cronulla Beach when the two sharks, a hammerhead and a smaller shark, were spotted.

Lifeboats chased the hammerhead in an effort to force it out to sea. It is thought the smaller shark swam away.

This close encounter follows three other shark attacks that have taken place in Sydney waters over the recent weeks.

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