Bronze whaler shark spotted in shallow waters near Bunbury’s Jetty Baths beach, alert in place

Headshot of Jackson Barrett
Jackson BarrettBunbury Herald
A shark was spotted at Bunbury's Jetty Baths on Thursday afternoon.
Camera IconA shark was spotted at Bunbury's Jetty Baths on Thursday afternoon. Credit: Jackson Barrett/South Western Times

A shark has been spotted just metres offshore at a Bunbury beach popular among children and families.

A 2½m-long bronze whaler was reportedly spotted 5m offshore at the Casuarina Boat Harbour near the Jetty Baths Beach.

It is believed a member of the public was swimming nearby when he saw the shark and alerted authorities about 1.30pm on Thursday.

Get in front of tomorrow's news for FREE

Journalism for the curious Australian across politics, business, culture and opinion.


The beach has not been closed, but a warning sign has been erected.

The popular park and playground facilities at the beach were only reopened last month after a significant refurbishment as part of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project and sits in front of the Vat II restaurant.

That close to shore, the water is no more than a metre deep.

While bronze whalers are not naturally aggressive, they can still pose a danger to humans.

The shark has not been reported at any other locations around Bunbury.

Get the latest news from thewest.com.au in your inbox.

Sign up for our emails