Bull sharks spotted swimming past Queensland McDonald’s

January 19, 2011 | by | 1 Comment

Residents of the flood ravaged Queensland town of Ipswich got the shock of their lives when they spotted two bull sharks swimming around a local McDonald’s.

Bull sharks spotted swimming past Queensland McDonald's

Do you want fries with that?

Local butcher Steve Bateman watched as a shark swam past his store near the shopping centre in the Ipswich suburb of Goodna.

Another shark was spotted swimming through the town – which has been under eight-metres of water in some areas following the devastating flooding.

Ipswich councillor Paul Tully confirmed the sightings of the killer sharks – which can grow up to 3.4 metres long.

Cllr Tully told The Chronicle newspaper: “It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street.

“I know Steve (Bateman) and he wouldn’t say he saw a shark unless he really saw one.

“It’s not like there have been polar bears or crocodiles spotted.

“Bull sharks have been in Goodna for a long time in the Bremer.

“They are regularly in the Brisbane River and often swim up. I know a number of fishermen who have caught bull sharks.”

Bull sharks are solitary hunters which can survive in salt and freshwater and are common all over the southern hemisphere.

The 700 pound predators got their name thanks to their stocky build, broad snout and aggressive nature.

According to Animal Planet, they prey on dolphins, other sharks and large animals. It’s believed on one occasion, a bull shark attacked a racehorse in Queensland.

They are also responsible for a high number of fatal attacks on humans.

Earlier this week South African teenager Zama Ndamase was fatally attacked by a bull shark when he was swimming off the Cape Town coast. He was the fourth fatality in three years at the town’s Second Beach.

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  1. Blogger says:

    Its a shame that the only way you can make this story interesting is by stressing how agressive and dangerous bull sharks are. Do we really have to refer to the stats again? You have more chance of being killed by a falling vending machine…blah blah blah

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