Shark spends holiday at Pukehina Beach

The shark at Pukehina Beach. Video/Photo: Gareth Tipene from

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Spotting a shark at Pukehina Beach turned into an opportunity to capture some moments by drone for Gareth Tipene and his friends.

The shark stayed for a few days, providing adults and children with an unforgettable holiday experience.

The shark spent its time over several days swimming along leisurely in shallow water between Palm Park and Ororoa Reserve.

“I was staying at a friend’s place on the beach, there on holiday,” says Gareth.

“My friends saw it. All the neighbours could see it - we had spotted a shark a few minutes earlier so I went to get my drone. My friends spotted it again as I was getting the drone set up and you can see them pointing it out in the video.”

One of Gareth’s friends paddled out to the shark on his stand up paddleboard.

“The battery on my drone was almost flat so I didn’t have much time to film it,” says Gareth.

“The shark hung around and we saw it most days.”

“It was a good experience. It was exciting for everyone, including the neighbours, and the kids especially.”



Posted on 10-01-2018 14:29 | By Told you

I maybe wrong but this is a Bronze Whaler Shark I think it would be more scared of you than you are of it.Probably make a good pet.

Perhaps, if the local boaties

Posted on 08-01-2018 23:47 | By The Caveman

Did not clean (gut) their fish on the local boat ramp, then the "little fella" would not be hanging around for the free snacks !!!

Graceful Predator

Posted on 08-01-2018 17:24 | By Speckles

What a powerful video, well done Gareth! I never realised how close to shore sharks came in so your video has been quite a revelation for me. When I think shark, I think Jaws lol, this has been a total turn around for me after seeing your video how graceful sharks are and how majestic they look swimming around. Your mate was game paddle boarding out there personally I would have stuck with the drone hahaha. I think I will still remain in a swimming pool unfortunately ;)

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