Carcharhinus obscurus Click to enlarge image
Dusky Shark juveniles in Sydney Image: R. Sawkins
© R. Sawkins

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Juvenile Dusky Whalers are regularly sighted in the Shelly Beach/Fairy Bower area of Sydney.

Carcharhinus obscurus
Dusky Shark juveniles in Sydney Image: R. Sawkins
© R. Sawkins

All the images show Dusky Whalers, Carcharhinus obscurus, between 1 m and 2 m in length that were photographed the Shelly Beach/Fairy Bower area of Sydney, New South Wales.

In February 2004 and April 2007 snorkelers and divers reported that juvenile Dusky Sharks were again sighted in the area.

Juveniles were also seen by divers at Fairy Bower in February and April 2008 and May 2009.

Gaéton Guilhon filmed juvenile Dusky Whalers in the area on 28 May 2011.

A comment by 'Nick of manly' reported sighting a juvenile in January 2012.

In April and early May 2014, Nick and Jane both reported "seeing so many now".

The sharks are reported to leave the area in winter when the water temperature drops below about 17oC.

1. Hutchins, B. & R. Swainston. 1986. Sea Fishes of Southern Australia. Complete Field Guide for Anglers and Divers. Swainston Publishing. Pp. 180.
2. Kuiter, R.H. 2000. Coastal Fishes of South-eastern Australia. Gary Allen. Pp. 437.
3. Last, P.R. & J.D. Stevens. 1994 Sharks and Rays of Australia. CSIRO. Pp. 513.