SURF Lifesavers are urging swimmers to be extra vigilant in the water today after a shark was spotted at Torquay Beach on Sunday afternoon.
SURF Lifesavers are urging swimmers to be extra vigilant in the water today after a shark was spotted at Torquay Beach on Sunday afternoon. Valerie Horton

Beach-goers urged to be vigilant after shark sighting in Bay

SURF Lifesavers are urging swimmers to be extra vigilant in the water today after a shark was spotted at Torquay Beach on Sunday afternoon.

The beach was closed twice after a hammerhead shark more than 2.5m long was spotted about 50m offshore.

Surf Life Saving Wide Bay Capricornia regional manager Craig Holden said it was hard to tell if the shark would return to the area today.

"We ask that if people are going for a swim to be extra cautious when they are out there," he said.

Surf Live Saving crews are only patrolling Hervey Bay's beaches on weekends and public holidays at the moment.

Mr Holden urged anyone on the beach to keep their eyes open

"If they do happen to see something, hop out of the water," he said.

Mr Holden said if a shark was spotted swimmers and beach-goers should stay out of the water until they were sure it had left the area.