‘Great white’ sighting closes Bunbury beaches

Kate FielidngSouth Western Times
Bunbury beaches have been closed following a shark sighting this morning.
Camera IconBunbury beaches have been closed following a shark sighting this morning. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

Beaches across Bunbury have been closed after a fisherman reported what is believed to be a great white shark near The Cut this morning.

City of Bunbury rangers have closed beaches including Koombana Bay, Turkey Point, The Cut, Wyalup Rocky Point and Back Beach to the City of Bunbury Surf Life Saving Club.

The report was made about 8.15am when a 4m shark was seen “feeding aggressively” about 1.8km off shore at Buffalo Beach, according to the Sharksmart website.

A city spokeswoman said swimmers were warned to enter the water at their own risk and at this stage beaches would be closed until midday.

Dolphin Discovery Centre has cancelled its swim tours for today with general manager David Kerr saying most visitors have re-booked for tomorrow.

“We’re onto it and we’ve put the appropriate precautions in place,” Mr Kerr said.

“We won’t be allowing people to get into the water at all, so if dolphins come in they can look from the beach.

“If we’re able to get some eyes in the sky, we might be able to track it and learn more and that will shape our decisions.”

The centre will still run its Eco Cruises.

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