The picture was taken by drone pilot Tom Caska on the Central Coast at Killcare on 17 September.
It shows the rather enormous animal following what is believed to be a school of salmon 50 metres off-shore, and getting very close to Tom’s brother in the meantime
According to The Herald, the surfers were on three-metre-long boards, which gives an indication of the shark‘s size.
Tom uploaded the picture to Facebook and wrote: “A very large shark in close proximity to my brother late this arvo at Killcare. Don’t fall off ! Andie had a heart attack when he saw this. Possibly a tiger or white. Very large either way. Scary stuff!!!”
He added: “My brother’s 6ft 2in, the board he is on is 9ft 6in – it’s a big big shark!!”
There was discussion online about what kind of shark it is, but most people were in agreement that it’s a great white. One user, Linda Rodriguez, wrote: “It’s not a tiger or bull or bronze whaler shark because they have a more rounded snout. Plus it doesn’t have the markings of a tiger. It is distinctively a great white given its colour, sheer size and the thickness in the tail. Too close to shore to be a mako.”