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Drone pilot uses Mavic 2 Enterprise to warn surfer of approaching shark

A quick-thinking drone pilot used the speaker on the Mavic 2 Enterprise to warn a surfer of an approaching shark at a beach south of Wollongong, Australia. After hearing the warning the surfer quickly paddled back to shore, while the shark swam off into deeper waters.

Drone pilot uses Mavic 2 Enterprise to warn surfer

The quick-thinking drone pilot, Christopher Joye, captured the footage of a large shark approaching the surfer in the waves at Werrie Beach, south of Wollongong, Australia.

Joye was actively patrolling the ocean with his DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise looking for sharks when he spotted the predator swimming towards the unsuspecting surfer.

On Twitter, Joye who might well have saved the surfer’s life said:

“At Werri Beach today this large shark was approaching a surfer, and I used my drone’s speaker system to warn him. Watch him look up at the drone, then bolt, with the sudden splashing warding off the approaching shark.”

The New Castle Star reported the drone pilot saying:

“I saw this large shark that looked about three metres to four metres circling a surfer. The surfer was completely oblivious even though the water was very clear. I used the speaker system to warn the surfer as the shark started clearly heading towards him. As the surfer swung his board towards the beach the animal was spooked and thankfully bolted back out to sea. To me it looked like either a bronze whaler or a great white, but I am not sure. I have seen numerous sharks at Werri using drones but this is the first time I have been able to warn anyone with the speaker system. It is also the first time I have seen one heading for a surfer.”

Many people in the comments on Twitter applauded the drone pilot for his quick response.

What do you think about using drones such as the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise to patrol beaches for sharks? Let us know in the comments below.

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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo