Lake Macquarie City Council issues warning to swimmers of increased shark activity due to presence of whale remains

BE AWARE: Council's beach lifeguard Paul Stone said the presence of whale remains in the area had the potential to heighten shark activity. Picture: Phillip Hearne
BE AWARE: Council's beach lifeguard Paul Stone said the presence of whale remains in the area had the potential to heighten shark activity. Picture: Phillip Hearne

Beachgoers between Redhead and Blacksmiths are urged to be cautious in the next few days, due to the potential of increased shark activity because of whale remains discovered in the area.

Lake Macquarie City Council’s beach lifeguard, Paul Stone, said increased reports of sightings in the area indicated there was a potential for increased shark activity.

“Lake Macquarie is blessed to have such a beautiful stretch of coastline that many residents and visitors take advantage of, especially during the warmer months, however the activity presents a heightened risk to swimmers and surfers,” Mr Stone said.

Over the last two years, council has made a shift towards proactively informing beachgoers of the presence of sharks, which is the focus of a warning system that lifeguards use at Lake Macquarie beaches.

Signage at the beach, updates on council’s website, and social media alerts complement its award-winning shark sighting procedure.

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This story Whale carcass heightens risk of shark activity on local beaches first appeared on Lakes Mail.

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