Shark sightings at record high – and rising -Sydney Australia Swimmers beware – shark sightings have reached record highs with more expected this summer. There were 171 shark alarms in New South Wales in 2005/06 compared with 124 in 2004/05, figures from Surf Life Saving NSW show. The data also reveals more sharks were sighted last summer off Sydney beaches since shark-sighting records have been kept. Alarms rose from 47 to 80 across all Sydney metropolitan beaches in the 12 months to the end of June. In Sydney, north of the harbour, shark sightings went from 28 to 35, while south of Port Jackson, they more than doubled from 19 to 45. Nationally sightings increased from 290 in 2004/05 to 377 in 2005/06.