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Heatwave brings Sharks In

published  First Published: 11/11/2009
Article written by: News Editor: Nigel Brookson
FOUR sharks have been sighted near the River Torrens mouth at West Beach, with swimmers cleared from the water by emergency sirens.
 
The sharks, species not confirmed, were sighted about 300m off shore about just after noon.
 
A 2m shark was sighted about 250m off shore at Aldinga Beach around the same time.
 
A 4.5m shark was sighted about 500m off shore near Port Vincent on the Yorke Peninsula late morning.
 
A 3m shark was spotted at Henley Beach, about 150m off shore at about 3pm.
Shark sirens were sounded after each sighting and swimmers were cleared from the water.
 
It is a timely reminder that Summer is approaching, and our metropolitan beaches have a history of sharks coming in very close, with divers, swimmers and surfers attacked in past years.
 
To stay safer in the water, Surf Life Saving South Australia recommends you take the following precautions:
 
* Always swimming at patrolled beaches between the flags

* Never swimming alone

* Avoid swimming at dawn, dusk and night time

* Never swimming in murky water or near the mouths of rivers

* Avoid swimming near people fishing or near schools of fish

* Don't swim while bleeding

* Don't enter the water if sharks are known to be present and leave the water immediately if sharks are seen.
 
To report a shark close to shore ring police on 131 444, or 000 in the case of an emergency.
 
To report a shark off shore, ring the Fisheries Department Fishwatch hotline on  1800 065 522
 

 

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