Authorities have warned families and tourists to stay vigilant after a great white shark was spotted at one of WA’s most frequented beaches.
A great white shark is said to be stalking the coast near Meelup Beach, near Dunsborough in WA.
Authorities have warned the 3.5 metre tagged shark has spent three days in the region, which is swarming with families and tourists this time of year.
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At 10.12am today, Surf Lifesaving WA reported sightings of a three-metre shark, hovering just 20 metres off shore, south of nearby Yallingup at Injidup Bay.
While the Department insists sighting are “not uncommon” at this time of year, beachgoers are urged to remain vigilant.
At this stage, the beach remains open.
It comes after numerous shark sightings from the Surf Life Saving Helicopter in the area recently.
A four-metre shark was spotted 100 metres offshore just yesterday, while another two-metre shark was seen lurking 20 metres offshore.
The beach was closed twice on Friday due to the sightings.
Last year, sharks claimed the lives of three people in WA.
Gary Johnson was killed by a white shark while diving with his wife near Cull Island off Esperance in January.
Surfer Andrew Sharpe was mauled by a suspected white shark at Kelp Beds in Wylie Bay near Esperance in October.
Charles Cernobori was bodyboarding at Cable Beach in Broome when he was fatally attacked by a bull shark in November.
Locals have been urged to take additional caution in the Meelup Beach area.
Anyone who sees a shark is asked to report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.