Maybe not so big, but one of six and way too close, just stalking the sand. Pic: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian
Local going to sort them out. Pic: Andrew Ritchie/The West Australian
9 March 20
Several Yallingup beachgoers took to the water today despite warnings a school of six sharks were circling just metres from the shoreline.
All measuring about 2.5m according to spotters in the Surf Life Saving WA’s Westpac helicopter, the school of bronze whalers at the popular Smiths Beach but didn’t deter swimmers, body boarders and a spear fisherman.
After watching the sharks swim just two metres from his feet, a spear fisherman continued into the deep water.
Several swimmers remained in the water as the creatures hovered along the shore break.
The beach, about three and a half hour drive south of Perth, is popular for surfers and boogie boarders.
A few hours earlier, Surf Life Savers were forced to close Denmark’s Ocean Beach about 10am after a two metre shark was sighted 50 metres offshore.
Just a 20 minute drive north near Lefthanders Surfing Spot in Gracetown, a 3.8m tiger shark was caught and released as part of the State Government’s SMART drumline trial.
- AUTHOR: CAITLN RINTOUL
- SOURCE: THE WEST AUSTRALIAN