As shark sightings closed beaches across WA yesterday, two surfing mates spoke of the overwhelming support there has been for their "peaceful paddle" against culling.
Trigg and Scarborough beaches were closed after two tiger sharks were spotted about 600m offshore about 8am. The move led to a surf lifesaving carnival at Scarborough being called off.
Surf Life Saving WA later reported two bigger sharks, 3.5m and 4m, were seen about 150m offshore south of Trigg beach.
In the South West, lifeguards closed Meelup beach after a 3m shark was seen close to shore.
Cafe owner Rob Mayberry and musician Cam Avery, however, are determined to use a mass paddle from Cottesloe to Scarborough next month to counteract people's fears about going into the water.
The pair have invited surfers, bodyboarders, bodysurfers, stand-up paddle boarders, surf skiers, surf boaters and "wave riders of any kind" to join them.
More than 600 have signed up to the event on Facebook.
Mr Mayberry said he had been frustrated by the hysteria surrounding sharks and hoped the paddle would help people feel the ocean was safer and less menacing.
"At least let them know that we feel confident to be in the ocean and we don't think it's OK to be culling sharks," he said.
The mates expect the 11km paddle will take four to five hours.
Mr Mayberry thought attempts to catch a great white deemed a threat to beachgoers in Dunsborough this month were ridiculous.
"It's kind of like saying that the shark is judged guilty without having actually done anything," he said.The paddle is set to start at Cottesloe at 8am on February 10.