Shark sighting alert
Lake Macquarie City Council’s shark sighting platform aims to inform the community of recent shark activity within lifeguard patrolled areas of Lake Macquarie.
Signage will be erected on site following any confirmed shark sighting within a lifeguard patrolled area, and remain in place the following day.
Shark Sighting Procedure
In the instance that a potential shark sighting occurs, Council lifeguards are required to follow our Shark Sighting Procedure.
- assessing the initial report including the distance from the shore, length of sighting and size of potential shark
- launch personal watercraft (PWC) and conduct an initial sweep
- if the sighting is confirmed, sound the siren and close the beach for a minimum of one hour
- attempt to move the shark/s further away from shore
- conduct a second sweep after 45 minutes of the closure
- if there is no further sighting, lifeguards will remain vigilant and consider re-opening the beach
- in the event of a confirmed sighting, erect shark sighting signage to alert people that a shark has recently been sighted at the location.
Recent shark sightings
Shark sightings will only be updated during Council's patrol season which runs from September/October school holidays until Anzac Day.
|Date shark sighting reported||Location||Action||Confirmed by lifeguards|
Shark safety tips for swimmers and others planning to enjoy the water
- swim at a patrolled beach, between the flags
- lifesavers and lifeguards are there to monitor risks and maximise swimmer safety
- tell an on-duty lifesaver or lifeguard if a shark is spotted near swimmers or surfers
- leave the water if a shark is spotted or alarm is sounded
- don’t swim too far from the shore
- swim in groups
- avoid surfing alone
- avoid swimming and surfing when it’s dark or during twilight hours
- avoid areas used by recreational or commercial fishers.
Tips are courtesy of NSW Department Primary Industries
Page last updated: 12 September 2018