Shark seen swimming in Mui Wo on Saturday

 The popular Silvermine Bay Beach in Mui Wo emptied on Saturday, May 7 as lifeguards announced the sighting of a large fish swimming outside the shark net.

According to the South China Morning Post, authorities were told that a beach-goer had spotted what was thought to be a shark while having lunch at a nearby restaurant, at around 12.50pm.

Marine South Division mobilised a search and spotted the roughly two metre long shark right outside the net. Visitors were cautioned against swimming in the South Lantau beach for the mean time, as shark nets are not perfect deterrents against sharks.

The incident took place on one of the hottest days in Hong Kong thus far in 2016, with the Observatory reporting temperatures of up to 30 degrees in many areas.

While not considered a common problem for beaches in Hong Kong, three shark-related fatalities had occurred in 1995, in waters surrounding Sai Kung.

There have been on the other hand, many shark fatalities in Hong Kong due to the controversial shark fin trade, particularly during weddings.

Photo by Minghong (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 4.0-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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