New shark drumlines rolled out on Gold Coast beach after Great White sighting

A great white shark has been spotted frequenting the waters of one of the Gold Coast’s most popular beaches, prompting authorities to roll out drumlines in the area.

The shark, reportedly about 4 metres in size, has been sighted a number of times at Palm Beach in recent weeks.

Swimmers were evacuated from the surf on December 21, after the rescue chopper spotted the shark swimming close to shore.


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It was closed for almost two hours, while Queensland Surf Life Savers inspected the water before deeming it safe again.

In a bid to protect swimmers, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is now installing 6 drum lines off the popular break.

It’s understood the nearby Palm Beach artificial reef, which attracts numerous fish, may be drawing the shark to the area.

The temporary drumlines will be deployed early Tuesday morning.