Height of Victorian summer activity hits bump with beach access during shark season
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 6 January, 2017 - Beachgoers in Melbourne have been shut out from local beaches after five great white sharks were spotted by helicopter patrols with one of the sharks estimated to be around 12 feet in length.
Southwest of Melbourne the beaches at Fairhaven and Point Lonsdale were shut down on Friday afternoon after the sightings. Witnesses told local media that one shark was 100 yards from shore.
Local officials also issued warnings for Aireys Inlet, Big Hill, Eastern View, Fairhaven, Lorne, Memorial Arch, Moggs Creek.
Life Saving Victoria has instructed beachgoers to swim only in well-guarded areas with plenty of lifesaving support.