Shark patrols are being stepped up around Perth’s northern beaches after a spate of sightings.

Two juvenile tagged white sharks, one of them three metres long, are thought to have been attracted to the Ocean Reef area by an unusually large number of schooling fish.

Beachgoers in the area are being warned of the shark risk this weekend.

Department of Fisheries vessels are taking to the water near Shark Monitoring Network receivers at Ocean Reef, while Mullaloo and Surf Life Saving WA’s helicopter is providing additional patrols and surveillance.

“In the event that the threat cannot be negated and an attack is deemed to be imminent, an order will be given to catch a shark for possible destruction,” said Director General of the Department of Fisheries, Stuart Smith.

Anyone who sees a shark is urged to alert Water Police on 9442 8600.

The West Australian

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