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BREAKING: 3.8 Metre Tiger Shark Alert Goes Off In Middle Of Byron Town

Matt Wilkinson has reason to check shark apps more than most of us.

elsewhere // Nov 3, 2021
Words by Ethan Davis
Reading Time: < 1 minutes

Byron resident, Matt Wilkinson aka ‘Uncle Willy’, once-sporter of the yellow Jeep leader jersey, turned air-BNBer, restaurateur, and country singer of ‘Big Fucken Horse’ has been heralded as a hero after alerting authorities about a 3.8 metre tiger shark nearby Bangalow Road.

Wilko’s wits were informed by the Dorsal App, a community-based shark alert app that empowers local communities to work together to stay informed and make better beach related decisions. Wilko, having nearly had his toes nibbled by one of the men-in-grey-suits earlier this year, has been a frequent user of the app and was the first to empower the Byron Shire community with his quick thinking. 

Though the shark was not seen in the flesh, nearby patrons of Baz and Shaz’s vege shop upon hearing about the land-shark descended into hysteria, knocking over a punnet of non-GMO blueberries and three avocados. The damage is estimated at around the $50 mark – steep for a handful of fruits, cheap compared to the possible loss of life. 

Rainbow region residents would like to extend their gratitude to Wilko’s selfless actions.


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