16-foot great white shark closes Australia beaches

PERTH, Australia (NBC/RTV) — A great white shark forced a number of beaches in the Australian city of Perth to close.

A witness said he saw the 16-foot shark swimming near a whale, spotted near City Beach early Thursday.

“First of all, I saw the whale, and then I could see something following it. And then people were saying, ‘What’s pursuing it?’” said a witness. “And yeah, then it was clear; it was a shark.”

Another witness described the shark as “huge.”

“Quite close to the shore, and it was enormous, the shark, huge,” said another witness.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said another. “It was huge.”

Surf Life Saving Western Australia told local media it tracked the shark as it headed north.

City Beach reopened later Thursday, but other beaches remained closed.

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