Frightened sharks along the Perth coast this morning sent hundreds of bathers out of the water.
On Mullaloo Beach, lifeguards follow a ‘shape’ and ‘dark color’ just 30-40 yards offshore, slowly moving north of the Mullaloo Surf Club.
Loud alarms at 8:55 a.m. left the water deserted and swimmers enjoying a dip on Christmas morning were told to wait 30 minutes before returning to the water. Many are heading for the parking lot.
South of Perth, Lifesavers closed Coogee Beach after a 2.5-meter tiger shark was sighted just five meters offshore.
At Port Beach, swimmers were also evacuated from the water after two 2.5-meter-long sharks were seen spinning 20 meters from the beach.
The sighting in Port comes just weeks after the father of two, Paul Millachip, was mutilated to death at the popular swimming spot. The Perth local was swimming about 30 meters offshore when he was dragged underwater by a shark.
Perth’s beaches will be crowded today, with the mercury expected to hit 42 degrees Celsius.