Warning after great white sightings

COCKBURN SOUND (AUSTRALIA)- Different sightings of great whites in Cockburn Sound, Western Australia, led to an official warning by the local Department of Fisheries today. “People need to keep their personal safety in mind, while they are on the water.” A spokesman of the Department of Fisheries said.

A great white shark spotted off the coast near Cockburn Sound this morning was likely attracted to schools of snapper in the area, according to the Department of Fisheries. About 6.30am today, a fisherman reported a 5.5 metre great white shark biting snapper off his lines as they were being reeled in.

The fisherman told the Department the shark was not acting aggressively. There are schools of snapper in Cockburn Sound and it is possible large sharks could be feeding in and around those schools. “The activity presents a heightened risk to divers and fishers in small craft, such as kayaks”, states the Department.

There was also a report from a fisher in Warnbro South just after 8am today that a fisherman had reported a shark circling his vessel about one kilometre south west of an area known at the Sisters. All of the reports indicate that water users need to apply caution to their marine activities in both the Sounds at present – especially with the attraction to sharks of large schools of fish.

On October 31 last year, a young woman survived an attack by a shark while diving off Garden Island, close to where the great white was spotted this morning.

Read more at SMH.com

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