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Alert issued as White shark spotted EIGHT times in three days at Scarborough Beach, Perth, WA


Urgent warning as a white shark is spotted EIGHT times in three days at popular swimming beaches

  • Tagged white shark spotted eight times at popular beaches in Perth WA
  • The shark was spotted at Scarborough Beach on Friday prompting an alert 
  • Fisheries Officers, rangers and Surf Life Saving WA are monitoring the situation
  • A Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is conducting daily routine patrols


An alert has been issued after a shark was spotted up to eight times in the last three days lurking in the waters of popular beaches in Perth

The white shark, which is tagged, was spotted at 10.30am on Friday at Scarborough Beach – a hotspot for surfers and swimmers. 

Following reports of multiple sightings Surf Life Saving WA issued an alert for all metropolitan Perth waters urging residents to take caution.

A tagged white shark has been sighted up to eight times in the last three days at Scaborough Beach in Perth, Western Australia (pictured)

‘It is possible that the frequency of the recent tagged shark detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area,’ the alert said. 

The warning also urged beachgoers to adhere to the appropriate beach closures by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA. 

Fisheries Officers, rangers and Surf Life Saving WA are continuing to monitor the situation.

A Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter is also undergoing daily routine aerial patrols  in the Perth metropolitan area.

The alert comes just weeks after British father Paul Millachip, 57, was set upon by a Great White while swimming at Port Beach in North Fremantle.

A large search effort happened over two days but all that has been found is a pair of swimming goggles. 

Surf Life Saving WA issued a shark warning after multiple sightings just weeks after a swimmer was bitten by a Great White Shark (pictured, stock photo) at Port Beach in North Fremantle, Perth

Surf Life Saving WA issued a shark warning after multiple sightings just weeks after a swimmer was bitten by a Great White Shark (pictured, stock photo) at Port Beach in North Fremantle, Perth

His wife Thirl, 59, thanked authorities for ‘being extremely thorough’ and the support from friends while their families were both in the UK.

Four teenage boys who were on the sand said they saw the shark and zipped along the shoreline in their dinghy frantically warning other swimmers and surfers to get out of the water.

The teenagers also called emergency services in the moments between spotting the attack and warning other beachgoers. 

Perth police are investigating further accounts that Mr Millachip was also attacked by a Tiger shark before he was pulled under the water. 

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