On saturday a cranking sourtherly was blowing. Perfect for a run from my place to Woolgoolga, 15km up the coast.
I headed out in my F1 though dauntingly big surf, 3/4 expecting to be pounded back onto the beach. But my little boat really surprised me and we made it out the back. Guessing some solid 5 foot swell coming through.
Once out there I headed north. I barely needded to paddle, other than to make sure I caught the swell when it was breaking behind me, and a bit of steering, as my little sail just cranked - plenty of speed bubble noises, and planing down swells.. at speed the F1 feels like it 'pops up' and planes.
Half way there off Sandy Beach (yup it really is called that.. creative buggers round here..) I saw a large D shaped dorsal fin. Ragged trailing edge, sharky slow movement and a _large_ shadow, that seemed about the same proportions as my boat. No tail fin out of the water. Not great visibility of the body because of the wind chop.
It was not a whale, and it wasn't a dolphin. ... clearly it was a bigish shark. And it was turning across my bow, heading round.
It certainly gave me some impetus to paddle!! Irrational cause 4 or 5 kts isn't going to out run a shark, but i felt much better paddling a bit away from it.
Anyway the paddle was great, saw a whale, a pod of dolphins, some albatros and skewas (sp) and had a mighty nice time out there. Woolgoolga was beautifully sheleter, with offshore wind, and little waves for landing.But
I can't ID the shark.
From a bit of googling it looks like a great white fin shape, but does anyone know of a dorsal fin shark id method? I'm imagining a nifty poster (What shark is that?
Any help appreciated.