Problems hit shark monitors off Perth beaches

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SWIMMERS and water users are being warned after shark monitors stopped working during the anticipated passing of great whites following migrating whales off the Perth coast yesterday.

The overnight caution said only the two monitors, both 1.5km off Swanbourne and Scarborough beaches, were affected and the remainder of the shark monitoring network was working.

“Extra caution is advised for water users in this locations,” a spokeswoman for the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said.

The spokeswoman said both monitors had technical faults and they would be out of operation after attempts to make them work failed.

The network picks up signals from tagged sharks along the metropolitan coast.

The spokeswoman said the department would be working to make the network fully operational as soon as possible

Swimmers are advised to follow any beach closures, use common sense when thinking of going into the sea and use the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed to get the latest information.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

www.sharksmart.com.au