Why you shouldn't go back into the water just yet

SUNSHINE Coast residents are urged to delay going back into the water and to remain cautious for sharks in the aftermath of ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Eleven shark control nets were removed from beaches before the extreme weather system hit the Coast last week. 

They will be returned to the water over the next 48 hours.

Two shark control buoys which have reportedly washed ashore will also be replaced.

Fisheries Queensland has issued a warning to beachgoers to be vigilant for sharks which may be in areas where they're not usually seen, following last week's cyclone.

During a major flood event, sharks are known to swim or be washed out of rivers and into nearer onshore beaches where the water is currently turbid and visibility is poor.

Shark activity in these areas is expected to increase and this could mean a higher risk to swimmers.

Swimmers should take care at the beaches and follow these safety tips to reduce the risk of shark attack.

• Swim or surf only at patrolled beaches and between the flags
• Obey lifesavers' and lifeguards' advice, and heed all sign and safety warnings
• Leave the water immediately if a shark is sighted
• Do not swim or surf after dusk, at night or before dawn when sharks are most active
• Do not swim or surf in murky waters
• Do not swim in or near mouths of estuaries, artificial canals and lakes
• Never swim alone
• Never swim when bleeding
• Do not swim near schools of fish or where fish are being cleaned
• Do not swim near or interfere with shark control equipment
• Do not swim with animals.

If people see shark control gear including ropes, netting or buoys which has come loose, they should call the Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891.

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