North Fremantle’s Port Beach closed by 4.5m tiger shark circling offshore
North Fremantle’s Port Beach is closed after a 4.5 metre tiger shark was spotted circling only 80 metres offshore.
The Westpac Life Saver helicopter spotted the beast off the coast about 2:50pm on Wednesday.
City of Fremantle rangers have since closed the beach.
The beach’s closure comes after it was revealed yesterday that last year was the deadliest for shark attacks in Australian waters since 1929.
Eight deaths were recorded in Australia in 2020 — including three in WA — up from none the year before and one in 2018.
There have not been six or more deadly shark attacks since 1934.
Five years earlier, in 1929, nine people were killed. International researchers found there were 57 “unprovoked” bites globally last year, down from 64 in 2019.
But it was the deadliest year since 2013, with 10 deaths worldwide.
At Meelup beach, a tagged shark continues to set off a receivers. It has been detected there for more than a week.
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