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Shark Sightings in Victoria

26 December 2016

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter has patrolled the Great Ocean Road coastline between Anglesea and Fairhaven again today and spotted another 2 metre shark off Fairhaven beach.

Fairhaven beach is currently closed and will be reopened once the danger has passed. No further shark sightings have been reported near Anglesea.

A 2.5 metre shark has also been sighted off the Patterson River mouth in Port Phillip Bay by a second Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter, who was able to herd the shark back out to sea.

Life Saving Victoria Lifesaving Operations Manager Greg Scott says Victorians should always swim at a patrolled beach, both along the coast line and within Port Phillip Bay.

“We are urging Victorians to follow the beach closure signs, and where beaches are open to swim between the flags and follow the instructions of life savers or authorities,’’ Mr Scott said.

“Our helicopters are patrolling for sharks, however swimmers need to ensure they take caution and recognise the danger signs.”

Victorians are urged to keep away from large schools of fish, seals or wildlife behaving erratically. Questions about the increased shark activity can be directed to life savers or authorities on the ground.

Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsley said while we need to be alert and follow the necessary precautions to stay safe, the Great Ocean Road and many beaches along the coast remain open and welcoming visitors.

“It is a beautiful part of Victoria, particularly at this time of year, however Victorians and our visitors need to ensure they stay informed and up-to-date on the latest emergencies, or in this case, shark sightings,” Mr Lapsley said.

“Download the Vic Emergency app and check out the Vic Emergency website for the latest information.”

Please be aware that Life Saving Victoria is currently patrolling at 57 locations across Victoria today, between 10am and 6pm.

Shark sightings are reported on and the VicEmergency App.

In case of emergency call 000.