When a potential shark sighting occurs on our beaches, Council lifeguards follow our Shark Sighting Procedure.
Lifeguards assess the size of the potential shark, the distance from the shore that is was sighted and the duration of the sighting.
Lifeguards will launch a personal watercraft and conduct an initial sweep of the area.
If a sighting is confirmed, lifeguards will sound the alarm and close the beach for a minimum of one hour.
In the event of a confirmed sighting, signage will be placed on site to alert beachgoers that a shark has recently been sighted. This signage remains in place until the following day.
Lifeguards will attempt to move the shark(s) further off shore.
A secondary sweep will be carried out 45 minutes after the beach is closed.
If there is no further sighting, lifeguards will remain vigilant and consider reopening the beach.
For more information on how you can reduce the risk of an encounter with a shark, visit the Shark Smart website.
As reported by Shark Smart
Tweets by NSWSharkSmart
Lake Macquarie City Council
126-138 Main Road,
Speers Point, NSW 2284
Box 1906, Hunter Region
Mail Centre, NSW 2310
Phone 02 4921 0333
Local number for Wyee residents 02 4357 1999
Telephone Interpreting Service 131 450 National Relay Service 133 677
ABN: 81 065 027 868