A man is lucky to be alive after being “rammed” by a 3.5 meter shark at Florida Beach in Perth’s south on Sunday.
Surf Life Saving WA raised the alarm at 1.45pm after the ocean predator was sighted about 150 meters off shore in Dawesville.
“A great white shark has rammed a male person in his side, off the back of the reef at Melros Beach Mandurah,” the SLSWA tweet stated.
“Nil injuries to swimmer, for awareness of other swimmers in the Melros area, south of Mandurah.”
The Department of Fisheries Shark Operation Unit confirmed the terrifying incident, while issuing a warning to others in the area.
The Department said the encounter actually took place about 1km north of Melros Beach at Florida Beach, both of which are in Dawesville.
“The shark interaction was reported by a member of the public at approximately 1.35pm,” a spokesman for the Department said in a statement.
“A reported 3.5m white shark knocked a swimmer on the side.
“To reduce the threat to people, Florida Beach has now been closed and will remain closed for 24 hours when City of Mandurah will reassess the situation.”
The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is working with local authorities to coordinate a response.
An SLS helicopter has been dispatched to monitor the water.
It comes just several weeks after a 20-year-old woman was bitten by a Great White shark off the coast in Esperance.
The young woman was floating on an inflatable pool ring at Kelp Beds beach just before noon on Sunday, February 6 when she was bitten on the torso.
The latest fatal shark attack off the Mandurah coast was in 2016, when a 29-year-old man had his leg bitten off by a Great White while surfing at Falcon beach.