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 encounters with sharks:

  • Follow local signage and swim between the flags at patrolled beaches
  • Don't swim at dawn or dusk — sharks are more actively hunting at these times
  • Swim, surf, snorkel or dive with a buddy
  • Always swim in clear water — not in murky water, estuary mouths or canals as this can increase the potential of mistaken interactions with sharks
  • Don't through food scraps or fish waste overboard (including in anchorages or where people are swimming)
  • Use on-board holding tanks while in anchorages — even black waste can attract fish, which in turn attracts predators
  • Don't swim near or interfere with shark control equipment
  • Don't swim where fish are being cleaned
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