Early this morning, photographer Georgia Matts joined about 100 other locals at Bulli beach, near Wollongong on NSW's South Coast, to watch sharks circling off the coast, after a whale carcass washed up on Thursday night.
The 27-year-old sent her drone out over a popular surf break near Bulli beach, where she surfs regularly, and saw "the biggest shark I've ever seen" swimming alongside a small fishing boat.
"There were two boys out there, kind of teasing it and throwing bait out. One of the guys was dangling his toes over the edge," she said.
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"He probably knows what he's doing, but it looks pretty stupid. He could have slipped off or the shark could have bumped the boat - it's bigger than the boat."
She said watching the shark was "pretty confronting" and would likely put some people off entering the water for the next few days.
"You have to swim out a fair bit to reach the surf break, so if you see a shark out there there's really nowhere to go," she said.
"I was also interested that there was no lifeguards on jet skis, to tell people not to go out."
"As a surfer, you know sharks are always around, but that's the biggest shark I've ever seen. But there was people surfing just down the coast at Woonona this morning. It's a risk you take getting into the water."
"But it's pretty confronting seeing this one because of its size."