City of Mandurah reopen Falcon and Avalon beaches after Friday morning shark sighting

The City of Mandurah closed Falcon and Avalon Beaches this morning after a reported shark sighting – but as of 11.30am, both have been reopened.

A two-metre great white shark was sighted 500m offshore from Falcon Bay Beach on Friday morning, Surf Life Saving WA have confirmed.

A public report was made at 6.10am at the popular Mandurah coastal location.

The sighting follows on from two sharks being spotted on Wednesday morning off Avalon Beach.

A City of Mandurah spokeswoman said both Falcon and Avalon Beaches were closed from 8.30am to 11.30am as a precaution after the shark sighting.

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Shark mitigation conversations have been vehemently debated of late following 20-year-old Albany bodyboarder Noah Symmans being bitten by a grey-nurse shark off Pyramids Beach on November 11.

The Mandurah Mail reported last month only 14 surfers in the Mandurah area have taken up the state government’s offer of subsidised personal shark deterrent devices.