You’re going to need a bigger sign: Hungry bull sharks invade man-made lake but locals are none the wiser after council erects world’s smallest sign
- Hungry bull sharks have invaded man-made waterways at a local Gold Coast lake
- Locals are concerned Council signage not adequate to signal the lurking danger
- Gold Coast Councillor says oblivious people enter the lake’s waters ‘all the time’
Hungry bull sharks have invaded a man-made lake in Queensland but many locals have no idea after the council erected an impossibly small warning sign.
The sharks were filmed by 9News in a ‘feeding frenzy’ on Wednesday at Lake Orr in Burleigh on the Gold Coast.
However many locals remain ignorant to the danger and often continue to enter the waters or allow their pets to do so.
Bull sharks are among the most likely sharks to attack humans as they often dwell in shallow waters.
While the council last month erected warning signs around the lake, they do not specify which ‘dangerous aquatic organisms’ are in the water
While Council last month erected warning signs around the lake, they do not specifically state the presence of the predators.
The Gold Coast waterways sign simply reads: ‘potential for dangerous aquatic organisations.’
Locals are unimpressed with the signs which were erected in November, deeming it inadequate to signal the dangers that lurk beneath the waters.
The bull sharks were seen in a feeding frenzy at Lake Orr in Burleigh on the Gold Coast
Gold Coast Councillor Hermann Vorster told 9News that people jump into the waters all the time.
He said: ‘Well according to Australian and New Zealand standards, they’re adequate, I just don’t think they’re clear enough.
‘They alert people to potentially dangerous marine organisms, in fact what they should say is there are sharks here, stay the hell out of the water.’
9News filmed one woman who was taking her dog for a walk along the banks of the lake, allowing her dog to take a swim.
When questioned by 9News journalist Nick Kelly whether she was aware there were sharks in the water, her reaction was one of shock and horror.
City of Gold Coast Council was not immediately available for comment.
When questioned by 9News journalist Nick Kelly whether she was aware there were sharks in the water, her reaction was one of shock horror