Russell Specht shared his nephew’s experience as beachgoers and swimmers were warned of sharks off the coast of Frenchman’s Beach in Queensland, Australia, last weekend
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A former champion surfer has shared the moment his nephew survived a shark attack as the predators massed beaches in Australia.
Beachgoers were warned of huge sharks stalking swimmers off Frenchman’s Beach amid news of the terrifying attack.
The annual whale migration began last weekend near the famous beach in Queensland, Australia.
Russell Specht, of Stradbroke Island, recalled his nephew’s experience and urged tourists to be aware of the hidden dangers as thousands of humpbacks migrate to the east coast.
He said his lifeguard nephew Logan had a “really close call” while surfing and posted an aerial photo of the killer shark.
In an Instagram post, the uncle said: “He had to put the board between him and a big white … he thought it was over. I had to post something as too many tourists just have no idea.
“So many crew locals and tourists have no idea of the [amount of] whites following the whales and the mullet schools up and down [the] coast this time of year.”
Russell’s warning came after an enormous great white threatened surfers at Frenchman’s Beach over the weekend.
He recalled “the carnage” of another episode when a shark bit off his friend’s leg and another spot on North Stradbroke Island where another surfer was attacked by a shark.
Whales travel to warmer waters along the east coast of Australia between June and August every year to mate.
This brings large numbers of dangerous sharks to the area.
In March, drone footage emerged of a shark swimming off the west coast of Australia before disappearing into deeper waters.
In February, a 35-year-old surfer died after being attacked by a 15ft great white off the coast of Little Bay in Sydney.
Onlookers watched from the beach in horror as the predator pounced from underwater in what was the area’s first shark fatality for almost 60 years.
Last year, a giant 900lb tiger shark was discovered by a group of fishermen in Sydney after they battled with the sea creature.
Great whites can grow up to almost 20ft in length and weigh up to 120lb. Australia recorded 18 shark attacks last year including three deaths.