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Shark forces closure of Leighton Beach
Great white off Leighton beach. Picutre: Surf Life Saving

Leighton Beach was closed today after a 4m shark was sighted 100m offshore.

The Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter confirmed the sighting at about midday.

Originally it was thought the species was a tiger shark but it was later confirmed to be a great white.

Surf Life Saving tweeted several pictures of the shark.

The beach was reopened about 1pm.

Fisheries also confirmed a sighting of a 1.5m shark about 50m offshore of main bay Kalbarri about 1pm.

About 4.30pm fisheries advised that a 3m shark has been sighted about 170m off Challenger Harbour heading south-west towards Carnac.