A female swimmer has been bitten on the foot by a shark at a popular surf beach in Western Australia.
The 46-year-old woman was bitten at Cowaramup Bay beach, off Gracetown and around 220km south of Perth, at about 10.30am on Saturday.
The woman was taken to the Margaret River hospital with minor injuries.
The beach has been shut from swimmers and will remain closed for 24 hours.
The 46-year-old woman was bitten at Cowaramup Bay beach, off Gracetown and around 220km south of Perth, at about 10.30am on Saturday
Surf Lifesaving WA reported a shark had been sighted around 50m offshore.
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are investigating the incident.
‘Water Police advised a female was swimming over a weedy area 50 metres offshore at Gracetown Beach,’ a spokesperson said.
‘A witness observed the female walk ashore with bite marks to her foot. The shark was not sighted.’
A Surf Life Saving WA Helicopter is also conducting a sweep of the area.
It’s unclear what type of shark attacked the woman but authorities suspect it may have been a wobbegong, which aren’t considered dangerous but can attack swimmers if they get too close.
The beach has been shut from swimmers and will remain closed for 24 hours
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