A shark has been rescued off the Western Australian coast by a group of young fisherman in incredible footage captured on Thursday.
The afternoon in the sun took a freaky turn for the anglers at Quinns Beach in Quinns Rocks, roughly 30 minutes north of Perth.
The distressed shark was chomping air as the young men rallied around it, attempting to steer it back to the ocean.
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Marine authorities in Australia say there has been a marked increase in sightings over the past few years.
Rottnest Island’s The Basin beach was closed around 2.10pm on Wednesday, while Fremantle’s Port Beach was shut earlier on Thursday after a shark was spotted just 50m from the coast.
Shark sightings across popular beaches in NSW have also increased, with the implementation of drones to thank for the early warnings.
Last week, Surf Life Saving NSW announced a further funding commitment had been made for a “vital public safety program” which uses drones to monitor for sharks across 50 key locations.
The new $3m funding package from the state government means unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will continue monitoring for sharklike figures in the ocean, from Fingal Head down to Pambula Beach.
SLS NSW public safety manager Brent Manieri told NCA NewsWire the UAVs are able to cover a vast amount of coastline and are providing reassurance to beach users.
during the 2021-2022 season, nearly 33,000 UAV flights had monitored the coast, with only 65 water evacuations.
In comparison, across the 2020-2021 season, beaches were evacuated 121 times.
Shark alarms are on the rise, rapidly rising from 148 sirens in 2014, to 575 in 2018.
Since 2019, there have been 668 sharks detected.