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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