Reports have been received of the presence of two large bull sharks in the Richmond River in the vicinity of Missingham Bridge and Mobbs Bay at Ballina.

North Coast lifeguard co-ordinator Stephen Leahy said  the sharks had been sighted over the past several days.

He said several risk factors were current and these were heightening the risk of the presence of sharks.

These include:

  • Dirty water flowing out of the Richmond River;
  • A large amount of fish has been found in the river and near the river mouth.

Australian Lifeguard Services advises that people should:

  • Not swim or surf either side of the walls at the entrance of the Richmond River or upstream towards the Ballina township;
  • Follow any directions issued by lifeguards;
  • Obey any signage that has been displayed;
  • Keep small children and pets away from the edge of the water;
  • Avoid entering the water until it is deemed safe to do so. 

“If someone believes they have sighted a shark, call 000 and contact the Police Service,” Mr Leahy said.

“This warning shall remain in place until it is cancelled and a Cancellation Advisory Notice is published.”