Floods ‘increase shark attack risk’

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Authorities warn there is a bigger risk of shark attacks off south-east Queensland because of the recent flooding.

Queensland Shark Control Program manager Tony Ham says bull sharks and whalers can be active in muddy river mouths and beaches after heavy rain.

He is warning surfers and swimmers to be careful until the water clears.

“There’s a distinct link between murky water, heavy rainfall and the movement of bull sharks in and out of rivers and creeks,” he said.

“Basically what we’d be advising people is to think about whether there is a need for them to swim or where abouts they’re going to swim over the next few days just so that they’re aware that there is the possibility of some increased shark movement.”

Source: ABC News Australia