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  Shark feast clears Oz beaches
Updated 18 March 2002, 19.27
Sharks feed on fish fish off the Queensland coast
Sharks feed on fish fish off the Queensland coast

Surfers and swimmers in Australia have being warned to keep out of the water to avoid hungry sharks.

Feeding frenzy

Hammerhead shark
Hammerhead shark
Tiger sharks, hammerheads and bronze whaler sharks arrived for a feast off the Queensland coast last weekend, forcing many of the beaches to close.

Some of the predators were up to three metres long and gave people paddling off the Gold Coast the shock of their lives.

Shock for swimmers

Map of Queensland
One girl described how she raced for shore after she spotted the fish: "I just screamed and paddled back as fast as I could."

Another explained how she didn't immediately recognise they were sharks.

"First we thought they were catfish but they were sharks," she said.

Luckily no-one was hurt in the feeding frenzy, as lifeguards kept the beaches clear of potential human snacks.

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