Great White spotted off Cape Byron

THERE have been reports of a four-metre great white shark being sighted in waters off Cape Byron last weekend.

The shark was spotted by a dive group from the Byron Dive Centre on Saturday.

One diver, who did not want to be named, described the shark as wilding thrashing about in the water.

He said he thought regular water users should know about the presence of the shark because the area had a past history of fatal attacks.

Byron Bay dive operators contacted by The Northern Star yesterday, including the Byron Dive Centre, refused to confirm reports of the reported shark sighting.

However, the Cape Byron Coast Guard confirmed the dive centre's classes had been cancelled on Saturday, but that divers were back in the water on Sunday.

Andrew Page, from the Cape Byron Marine Park office, said it was the right time of the year for shark sightings.

"Sharks will follow the migrating whales and their calves along the coast, as well as schools of mullet," Mr Page said.

"Their territories are fairly large.

"You would expect to see a couple of sightings at this time of the year."