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Be shark smart: Reduce the risk of negative interactions with sharks

by GBRMPA 12 Oct 2018 05:42 UTC
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It is important to be aware that sharks inhabit the Great Barrier Reef and the Queensland coast including freshwater estuaries, canals and streams.

To reduce the risk of negative interactions with sharks:

  • Swim at patrolled beaches between the ­flags and obey the lifeguard's advice and signage
  • Avoid swimming at dawn and dusk as sharks are more actively hunting at these times
  • Always swim, snorkel or dive with a buddy
  • Be mindful of water conditions — don't swim in murky or unclear water as this can increase the potential of mistaken interactions with sharks
  • Never clean fish or discard food scraps over the side of your boat at anchorages
  • Don't forget to use on-board holding tanks while in anchorages — even black waste can attract fish, which in turn attracts predators
  • Do not swim near or interfere with shark control equipment.

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