Albany swimmer stunned by shark inside net at Middleton Beach

Staff reportersThe West Australian
VideoThe popular beach in Albany was closed after a shark got inside the enclosure.

A swimmer was confronted by a shark inside the enclosure at Albany’s Middleton Beach this morning.

The person was about to swim inside the netted area at Ellen Cove about 8am when they saw a shark swimming towards them.

The shark inside the enclosure this morning.
Camera IconThe shark inside the enclosure this morning. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

They raised the alarm with authorities, who are trying to remove the shark from the area.

Surf Lifesaving WA confirmed the shark was about 50 metres from the beach.

Fisheries officers have identified the shark as a 1.5-metre whaler.

Police warn swimmers of a shark inside the enclosure.
Camera IconPolice warn swimmers of a shark inside the enclosure. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Footage shows the shark swimming inside the enclosure, making no attempt to leave the netted area.

There are no reports of anyone being injured at the scene and rangers have closed the beach until further notice.

Swimmers leaving the water at Middleton Beach this morning.
Camera IconSwimmers leaving the water at Middleton Beach this morning. Credit: Laurie Benson

Police are at the scene calling swimmers out of the water.

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