Reporting shark sightings
There are 2 types of shark sightings:
- Attacks/sightings that pose an immediate threat to human life.
- Sightings that do not pose an immediate danger to human life.
Report a shark attack/sighting that poses an immediate threat to human life
Immediately phone South Australian Police on 000.
Report a shark sighting that does not pose an immediate danger to human life
Report sharks that are:
- greater than 3 metres in length
- more than 500 metres off shore
Sightings of sharks adjacent to the coast, that are not an immediate danger to human life should be reported to South Australia Police on 131 444 (24-hours).
Sightings on beaches patrolled by Surf Life Saving can be reported to SAPOL on 131 444 (24-hours) or Surf Life Saving SA on 13 78 73.
Online shark reporting
Use the online shark sighting report form to report sightings or see a list of recent shark sightings.
Information to give when reporting shark sightings
- Location and number of sharks.
- How close the shark is to shore.
- How close the shark is to swimmers or other people.
- Species of shark, if known.
- Description and approximate size.
- Any other details that may be relevant.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
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