Aussie counts dozens of sharks in shallow water: 'That's crazy'

A Western Australian adventurer was excited to get up close with the school of sharks.

Captivating footage shows dozens of sharks basking in shallow waters off the Western Australian coast.

Adventurer Ben Svenson can be heard from behind the camera marvelling at the sight. “All of those are sharks, that is crazy,” he says.

Travelling closer to the shore, he captures another video showing the fish in close-up, for his popular social media fishing site Northern Addicts. The video title 'How many sharks did you count?' has attracted over 300,000 views and dozens of comments and even a few guesses.

Left - the sharks at a distance in shallow water, with red cliffs. Centre and Right - the sharks from above in close up.
An Australian adventurer was excited after spotting hundreds of sharks swimming in shallow water. Source: Northern Addicts

Ben told Yahoo News Australia he travelled to the Francois Peron National Park in the state’s Shark Bay region on Saturday. “It was pretty cool to see so many sharks in one area,” he said.

He later identified them as nervous sharks, which like most species are harmless to humans.

“Shark Bay is very safe for them and it’s probably one of the last places in Australia you can see them undisturbed like that,” he said.

The area is known traditionally as Wulyibidi and is famous for its turquoise waters, red cliffs and white sands. While sharks are frequently seen in the region's waters, the number Ben saw on Saturday was particularly high.

Adventurer reminds Aussies most sharks aren't dangerous

While many Australians are fearful of the country’s wildlife, Ben felt comfortable getting up close to the sharks as they basked in the sun. By sharing the footage, he’s hoping to remind swimmers that most sharks aren’t a threat to humans.

“They weren’t bothered by me at all,” he said. “It’s just a reminder that they’re not out there to hurt anyone and they’re just doing their own thing. To be honest those sharks would be more scared of you.”

People wishing to visit the area and learn more about its sharks and Indigenous culture can do so at Wula Gura Nyinda Eco Cultural Adventures.

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