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Shark sightings close NSW beaches

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Several beaches along the NSW north coast and Sydney coast remain closed today after several shark sightings, while a memorial service is being held for a surfer killed by a great white near Ballina five days ago.

Tadashi Nakahara, 41, suffered massive blood loss and died after the attack at Shelly Beach on Monday.

Mourners were due to gather on the beach this morning to pay tribute to him.

Mr Nakahara, a Japanese national living in Ballina, worked as a board distributor.

On Friday, police and lifeguards released a statement that said beaches in the Ballina Shire would remain closed until at least 6:00pm on Sunday.

They said there had been several more shark sightings over the past few days and there were large numbers of bait fish in the water which attracts the animals.

Meanwhile, on the Sydney coast, lifeguards cleared the water at Bondi Beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs after a shark was sighted in the water on Friday afternoon.

The alarm was set off when beachgoers spotted the shark in the northern corner of the beach.

The same day a surfing competition at Manly in Sydney’s northern beaches was also interrupted after a fin was spotted in the water, closing the beach.

A five-metre shark closed Newcastle beaches for at least nine days in January.