Warning after sharks spotted at popular North Shore beach

Swimmers are being warned to avoid a popular beach on Auckland's North Shore after sharks were spotted on Tuesday afternoon.

Auckland Council reported the sightings at Long Bay around 3pm on its Swimsafe website.

"Swimming not advised," it warned.

This comes as a 19-year-old woman was killed in what was thought to be a shark attack at Waihi Beach on January 7.

Kaelah Marlow was pulled from the water by emergency services, however, she died at the scene.

Blue bottles have also been spotted at Bethells Beach on Tuesday afternoon. Their venomous tentacles cause an extremely painful sting which raises red welts. These can last several days.

Many of Auckland's other west coast beaches have been issued warnings as a large Southern Ocean storm brings large waves and strong winds.

"The entire western side of New Zealand is a 'NO GO' for being in the sea for the next few days as very dangerous conditions move in," WeatherWatch warns.

Here are Safeswim's current list of weather warnings:

No swimming

No swimming due to dangerous conditions.

  • Karekare Beach

Strong currents

Strong currents, swimming not advised.

  • Muriwai
  • Piha Beach
  • Bethells Beach

Large surf

Large surf, swimming not advised.

  • Muriwai
  • Bethells Beach
  • Piha Beach

Strong offshore winds

Strong offshore winds, inflatable and non-powered craft use not advised.

  • Orewa

Strong onshore winds

Strong onshore winds, caution advised.

  • Bethells Beach