The sighting of what is believed to be a great white shark has closed beaches in the Margaret River region in Western Australia’s southwest. A member of the public spotted the large shark about 11.20am (WST) today about 350m off Gas Bay south of the Margaret River mouth, Tessa Dornan of the Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council said.
Beaches had been closed from the river mouth to Gas Bay for 24 hours as a precaution, she said. “They will be reopened at 12 noon tomorrow (Friday) as long as there are no further sightings.” Senior Constable Jim Armstrong of Margaret River police said a member of the public contacted shire rangers after spotting the shark. .