A video of a shark visiting the shallows at Manly Beach during the week has gone viral, with millions of viewers watching two locals casually stroll past the visitor. Manly Observer was the first news outlet to share the footage, referencing it as a ‘law-abiding shark’ because it was swimming between the flags.
It shows what is thought to be a silky whaler chasing fish into unusually shallow waters, after it was shared with them by local business owner Ravi Rudner, owner of Village Chiropractic and Before the Dip podcast. Ravi was amused to later be interviewed by Channel 7 news and see his name across almost every media outlet in Australia.
After more than half a million views on Tik Tok and tens of thousands across Meta, it was picked up by US news and other global media to an audience of several million.
View the video, and our many other videos of the unusual interaction on our instagram page.
Wikipedia says “Given its formidable size and dentition, the silky shark is regarded as potentially dangerous to humans. However, it only rarely comes into contact with people due to its oceanic habits.”
There are no recorded fatalities from the big, beautiful fish.
Manly Beach was closed following the encounter.