Shark at Wellington city beach

Last updated 07:21 08/01/2013
Jane Mitchell

Shark seen in the shallows in Wellington's Oriental Bay.

Oriental Bay shark
JONATHAN WATTS
The shark seen cruising the shallows in Oriental Bay at about 7.30am yesterday.

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Early morning walkers at Wellington's Oriental Bay found themselves entertained by a shark in the shallows about 7.30am yesterday.

Manawatu-based Daniel Harper, 37, who is holidaying in Wellington with his wife Rebecca and two daughters, said he saw the shark in shallow water near the shoreline.

The youth worker, who works in Feilding and lives in Palmerston North, said he was relieved his daughters were not in the water at the time.

''It was a real surprise to see a 1.8-metre shark cruising the Oriental Bay shoreline at that time of day.''

A young passer-by got in the water and manoeuvred the shark, and it headed back out in to the harbour, Harper said.

Another interested spectator at Oriental Bay was Richard Deakin.

Deakin also saw what he thought looked like a pod of orca swimming in the harbour about the same time as the cruise ship Celebrity Solstice berthed at Aotea Quay yesterday morning.

Meanwhile, fishermen off Wellington's south coast had a close encounter with a blue shark at the weekend.

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- The Dominion Post

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