Quinns Beach swimming enclosure closed after shark spotted inside

Quinns Beach swimming enclosure. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Quinns Beach swimming enclosure. Picture: Martin Kennealey

UPDATE, 4.08pm: WANNEROO Mayor Tracey Roberts says its not known how a shark got into the Quinns Beach swimming enclosure this morning, but the structure was not damaged.

“The enclosure had its fortnightly routine inspection last Thursday, February 14, and again this morning after the shark was removed from the enclosure – no damage was identified,” she said.

Mrs Roberts said the enclosure was checked for large marine life once a fortnight and when sightings were reported by members of the public or SLSWA.

“Initiatives such as swimming enclosures, drone and plane shark spotting and Surf Life Saving WA beach patrols can minimise a swimmers chance of encountering marine life in the water, however it can not be guaranteed so it is advised that swimmers always remain vigilant in the water,” she said.

The mayor said the City planned to keep the enclosure by Global Marine Enclosures.

EARLIER: A SHARK was spotted inside the swimming enclosure at Quinns Beach this morning.

Surf Life Saving WA reported a 1.5m shark was sighted inside the barrier about 8.05am on February 20.

The City of Wanneroo closed the beach and the barrier was opened allowing the shark to swim out.

The sighting comes less than three weeks after the enclosure was reinstalled – read more here.