John Griffiths, left, and Richard Potts caught this 484lb bronze whaler shark
He was branded a hero after going in to tackle the whaler shark
as it swam near the youngsters off Bulcock Beach, Queensland.
Another Twitter user said it was a shark: "Having dived amongst them I can tell you that is, in fact, a Bronze Whaler Shark
certainly not a dolphin bottlenose or any other variant."
Fishermen in Cape Town, South Africa, battle to free an eight-foot bronze whaler shark
accidentally caught in their traditional seine net.
Paul Marshallsea, 62, became a celebrity in Australia after being filmed wading into the shallows to grab the 6ft dusky whaler shark
by the tail.
Paul dropped his can of lager and ran into the waves to grip the 6ft-long dusky whaler shark
and lead it out into deep water.
The two-metre dusky whaler shark
was spotted on Friday near the shoreline at Bulcock Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, causing some tourists to panic.
But the 62-year-old said he was still glad he got so close to the "magnificent" dusky whaler shark
Earlier yesterday, a 31-year-old man was attacked by a bronze whaler shark
while spear-fishing near Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
THE bronze whaler shark
(carharhinus bruchyurus) is also known as a copper shark because of its colour.
Family Scientific name Common name Source STEGOSTOMATIDAE Segostoma fasciatum Zebra Shark 1,4 RHINCODONIDAE Rhincodon typus Whale Shark 2,4,5,6 HEMYSCYLLIDAE Chiloscyllium Bamboo Shark 2,4,7 arabicum Chiloscyllium Grey bambooshark 7 griseum LAMNIDAE Carcharodon White Shark 5 carcharias Isurus oxyrinchus Shortfin Mako 3?,4 TRIAKIDAE Hypogaleus Blacktip Tope 3(*) hyugaensis Mustelus mosis Arabian smooth 7 Houndshark HEMIGALIDAE Hemigaleus Hootooth Shark 3 macrostoma CARCHARHINIDAE Carcharhinus sealei Blackspot Shark 3 Carcharhinus Whitecheek Shark 3,7 dussumieri Carcharhinus Whaler Shark
3,7 plumbeus Carcharhinus Spinner Shark 3,4,8 brevipinna Carcharhinus Blacktip Shark 3,4,7 limbatus Carcharhinus sorrah Spottail Shark 2,3?
A huge, bronze whaler shark
had gripped him the way that a dog grips a bone.