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Bull sharks sighted in Canning River

The Swan River Trust today advised there have been unconfirmed sightings of Bull Sharks (Carcharhinus leucas) in the upper reaches of the Canning River.

At least three sightings have been reported in the past week as far upstream as the Kent Street Weir, one near Castledare.

“Bull Sharks can occur in fresh water areas and it is possible that they could move up the river this far at this time of the year,” Principal Scientist Dr Kerry Trayler said today.

“So it is advisable in this instance that the Swan River Trust alerts the public.

“Parents with children or pets who are playing near the shallows or people recreating on the water in the Canning and other areas of the Swan Canning Riverpark need to be reminded that we share our river with this species.”

Shark sightings should be reported to the Water Police on 9442 8600. The number is manned 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Shark safety tips are available on the Department of Fisheries website.

Media contact: Jo Prichard 9278 0916 or 0434 603 684