Australia Melbourne beaches closed after 'unusual' shark sightings

06:52  09 january  2017
06:52  09 january  2017 Source:   MSN

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Print. License article. Ballina beaches closed after shark sightings . Surf lifesavers closed four beaches on Sunday after spotting a 3½ metre long shark off the coast of Ballina in northern NSW. Melbourne weather: Rain, thunderstorms still to come across the state. 1 hr ago.

(UPDATED) Experts say attacks are increasing as water sports become more popular, but fatalities remain rare

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Some Melbourne beaches had closed due to a spare of “unusual” shark sightings. Among these beaches are Elwood Beach and St Kilda Beach, which are among Melbourne's most well-known swimming spots.

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A one-mile stretch of beach front in Huntington Beach was closed Sunday after multiple shark sightings , firefighters said. HUNTINGTON BEACH (CNS / FOX 11) - A 1-mile stretch of ocean off Huntington Beach has been reopened after there were no more additional sightings of more mature adult sharks . A search Tuesday morning led to a few juvenile sharks , so an advisory will remain in place, but the water will be accessible to beachgoers, according to Huntington Beach Marine Safety Lt.

More shark spottings close beach again. Swimmers and surfers have been forced from the water for a second day after more than 30 large sharks were spotted off the Victorian coast. (Vision courtesy: Seven News Melbourne ). Premier Daniel Andrews said Emergency Management Victoria was monitoring the situation. "Obviously they'll be working closely with Life Saving Victoria. They're already deploying assets from the air to make sure that there's additional helicopter patrols around those shark sightings ," he said.

According to reports, St Kilda Beach was forced to close just after 12.30pm on Sunday, Jan.3, after a 1.5-metre shark was spotted near an inflatable dinghy. “In my 25-plus years, this is the second time I’ve been involved at a shark sighting here at Elwood,” a local surf life saver told 9NEWS. The surf life saver said it was a rare occurrence.

Tiger Shark © Provided by IBT Australia Tiger Shark Fairhaven Beach, south of Anglesea on Victoria's coast, was also forced to close at about 2:00 p.m. There were two shark sightings in the area.

Another shark was also spotted near Anglesea. The species was believed to be a bronze whaler. The beach, unlike the others, remained opened.

Elwood Beach and St Kilda Beach have now been re-opened. Meanwhile, Fairhaven beach, on the Great Ocean Road, is still close after a number of shark sightings over the weekend.

Melbourne beaches safe for swimming

  Melbourne beaches safe for swimming Melbourne beachgoers have been given the green light to once again take a plunge in the bay after wild storms sent bateria levels through the roof. Environment Protection Authority Victoria on Tuesday said conditions had improved at the city's beaches overnight after a torrential downpour last Thursday sent large amounts of faecal pollution washing into Port Phillip Bay.

A one-mile stretch of beach front in Huntington Beach was closed Sunday after multiple shark sightings , firefighters said. The Huntington Beach Fire Department says Sunset Beach and the adjoining Surfside Beach in Seal Beach will remain closed until at least Monday morning. Closures following a shark sighting typically last between 12 to 24 hours. The sighting came a week after a swimmer was attacked by a shark about 15 miles to the south at Corona Del Mar State Beach .

Vic beach reopens after shark sighting . Helen Velissaris and Kaitlyn Offer - AAP on December 26, 2016, 6:26 pm. A Victorian beach closed for four hours after the sighting of a two-metre shark was reopened by 3pm after a surveillance patrol gave the all Follow Us. Weather. 7NEWS MELBOURNE .

Fisheries Victoria revealed that there were more shark sightings this Christmas and New Year period than in the same period during the past years. "We are asking Victorians to keep up to date with the reported shark sightings and take heed of warnings," Fisheries Victoria director Travis Dowling said.

9News mentioned that the shark sightings occur as Melbourne experiences persistent hot temperatures. Emergency Management Commissioner Craig Lapsey said that “Friday and Saturday are set to be very high danger again, so people need to be vigilant.”

Authorities assured that two Westpac rescue helicopters would continue to patrol over the summer. Meanwhile, fisheries Victoria has warned of a "three to four-year high" in the number of reported shark sightings in Victorian waters this summer.

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