Surfer evacuated after shark sighting
BEACHGOERS have been warned to stay tuned to the Shark Smart App after a surfer was evacuated at Ballina's Angel Beach today.
The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) helicopter reported a 2 metre bull shark around Pontoon Rocks this morning at 6.55am.
A surfer in the water was evacuated and local Surf Lifesaving Clubs notified.
"The shark sighting this morning was during routine aerial surveillance of the region," a NSWDPI spokesperson said.
"As per protocol, authorities were notified of the shark sighted."
The beach evacuation comes with multiple sightings of a Great White shark at Sharpes Beach and Lennox Head.
The tagged shark was reported by the receiver more than ten times times over the last 48 hours, during dawn and dusk.
"NSWDPI did issue a note of caution to beach users on Friday that a white shark was recording multiple detections on the VR4G receivers," a NSWDPI spokesperson said.
"NSWDPI encourages beach users to download the Free SharkSmart App or follow @NSWSharkSmart on Twitter and to be #SharkSmart."
· Swim at patrolled beaches and tell an on-duty lifesaver or lifeguard if a shark is spotted near swimmers or surfers.
· Don't swim too far from shore.
· Swim in groups.
· Avoid swimming and surfing when it's dark or during twilight hours.
· Avoid murky water, waters with known effluents or sewage.
· Avoid areas used by recreational or commercial fishers.
· Avoid areas with signs of baitfish or fish feeding activity; diving seabirds are a good indicator of fish activity.
· Do not rely on sightings of dolphins to indicate the absence of sharks; both often feed together on the same food.
· Be aware that sharks may be present between sandbars or near steep drop offs.
· Avoid swimming in canals, and swimming or surfing in river/harbour mouths.
· Avoid having pets in the water with you.
· Do not swim/surf near or interfere with shark nets.
Ocean users are reminded to follow the #sharksmart hashtag on social media or download the Shark Smart Ap to keep updated on all shark sightings.