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Sharks again close Eurobodalla beaches

Ian Campbell 9 January 2019
A 2.8-metre shark off Moruya Heads at 12.36pm, Wednesday, January 9. Photo: Department of Primary Industries.

A 2.8-metre shark off Moruya Heads at 12.36pm, Wednesday, January 9. Photo: Department of Primary Industries.

Moruya’s North and South Head beaches have been closed again after sharks returned to the area today, potentially putting swimmers at risk.

Stan Wall from Lifeguarding Services Australia says a couple of large sharks were sighted around Moruya’s North Head at about 12.30pm by the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) aerial surveillance team and by lifeguards on jet-skis.

“They were large sharks,” Mr Wall says.

“One was nearly three metres, and it came in close to shore.”

The beaches will remain closed for the rest of the day.

Speaking to Region Media, Mr Wall says that more sharks are spotted at this time of year because more resources are put into finding them including professional lifeguards on patrol and the DPI helicopter flying over twice a day.

Locals and visitors wanting to make a splash can visit the Eurobodalla’s other patrolled beaches at Surf Beach, Malua Bay, South Broulee, Tuross Head, Dalmeny and Narooma.

North and South Head beaches had not long been reopened after being closed for much of Monday and Tuesday after four white sharks were spotted in the area.

Sharks have also recently been seen at North Broulee, Bengello, Greenfields, Sussex Inlet, Tapalla Point, Seven Mile, and Conjola.

Far South Coast Surf Lifesaving NSW spokesperson Andrew Edmunds says, “While it [a shark] is a hazard, it is a very minor hazard in terms of how people are likely to get into trouble in the ocean.”

“If the public are concerned the best thing they can do is swim at a patrolled location.”

When sharks are observed or detected, alerts are posted on the Department of Primary Industries’ SharkSmart app and Twitter.

*Additional contributions by Glynis Quinlan of Region Media.

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