A scuba diver off the NSW Mid North Coast has filmed the spectacular sight of about 200 hammerhead sharks swimming above her.
- A tourist captures a large group of hammerhead sharks off the NSW Mid North Coast
- South West Rocks is a popular dive location
- Expert says hammerhead sharks aggregate in large numbers at this time of year at offshore reefs
Ketty He, from Gladesville in Sydney, captured the video of a large group of hammerhead sharks on her second dive at South West Rocks, north east of Kempsey, last Thursday.
“They just stopped on top of us, like hundreds of sharks above your head within 10 metres,” Ms He said.
“You feel like they’re watching you, once you move they come and want to attack you — that’s how you feel.”
She held onto a rock trying not to move during the exciting event.
Ms He said there would have been about 200 hammerhead sharks above her at the time.
“The first time we saw them would have been about 50 metres and then the whole group was swimming past our heads.
“They took about 10 minutes and then we thought ‘wow, that’s close enough’.”
‘Everything is coming towards you’
She said the conditions were challenging 24 metres below the surface.
“It was quite tiring because we were holding onto the big rocks. We didn’t want to get blown away.
“When they swam past, the current was really strong and at that spot, while we were waiting for the sharks, the water was changing from a cold water to warm water.
“It was a very dramatic kind of experience because when they arrived all the fishes came in, the little ones, so many of them, everything is coming towards you.”
Professor Brendan Kelaher, from Southern Cross University, said hammerhead sharks aggregate in large numbers at this time of year at offshore reefs like South West Rocks or South Solitary Islands.