Lake Macquarie great white shark video goes viral

SCARY: A screen shot from the video captured by Warren Sternbeck of the great white shark in Lake Macquarie.
SCARY: A screen shot from the video captured by Warren Sternbeck of the great white shark in Lake Macquarie.

A video taken by two Cessnock-area locals featuring a 2.5-metre great white shark has gone viral across the internet and social media. 

Nulkaba’s Warren Sternbeck and his brother-in-law Rodney Collins were fishing off Pulbah Island in Lake Macquarie on December 3 when the shark jumped out of the water.  

“We followed it for a bit and saw it breach again,” he said.

“I said to Rodney to keep the video going and we might capture it leaping out of the water.’’

After sending the footage to the Newcastle Herald, the video has since become one of the publication’s most- watched videos in history with over 39,000 views.

“It’s gone viral,” Warren said. 

“I spoke to a friend in Japan and even he’s seen it.” 

The video has also appeared on several national websites including the Sydney Morning Herald, as well as regional publications such as Murray Valley Standard and Wagin Argus. 

The great white shark video made headlines after the increasingly high figures of sharks in the Hunter region. 

See the Herald's story and the video here.

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