Dou­ble shark sight­ing

The Sunday Times - - NEWS - REGINA TITELIUS

TRIATHLON races at Rot­tnest Is­land were cut short yes­ter­day af­ter shark sight­ings yes­ter­day.

Suf­fer­fest Western Aus­tralia Triathlon Fes­ti­val posted on Face­book that a 2m shark had been sighted off Thom­son Bay just be­fore 10am.

The Olyfest and Sprint­fest races were changed to duathlons be­cause of Surf Life Sav­ing WA pro­to­cols, or­gan­is­ers said.

Ear­lier, Cottes­loe and North Cottes­loe beaches were closed af­ter a 2.5m shark was spot­ted 300m off­shore. It was the third time Cottes­loe had been closed this week.

A spokesman for Surf Life­sav­ing WA said it was not known whether it was the same shark that was spot­ted ear­lier in the week.

A Fish­eries spokes­woman said the Cottes­loe beach clo­sure “demon­strated the value of the Gov­ern­ment’s multi-faceted shark mit­i­ga­tion strat­egy to help keep beach users safe and in­formed”.

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