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Up To 32 Sharks Have Been Spotted Off Victoria's Popular Surf Coast

Fairhaven Beach has been closed.

26/12/2016 12:59 PM AEDT | Updated 26/12/2016 1:48 PM AEDT

Helicopters continue to patrol the Victorian coastline after up to 32 sharks were spotted on Christmas day between popular beaches Anglesea and Fairhaven.

According to the Herald Sun, the Life Saving Victoria helicopter spotted 12 sharks west of Anglesea and up to a massive 20 sharks, near Fairhaven.

The sharks ranged between 1.5m and 3.5m in length and the sightings came as Victorians hit the beach to escape the the Christmas heatwave.

Swimmers were ordered out of the water at Fairhaven along the Great Ocean Road on Boxing Day morning after yet another sighting, the ABC reports.

The popular beach has since been closed.

Fisheries Victoria executive director Travis Dowling said the type of shark wasn't known but confirmed they were "very large" and could possibly be great whites, the Herald Sun reports.

"We really want people to get out there and enjoy the beautiful spate of weather we've got at the moment, but just be really mindful there have been a number of sharks spotted, especially on the Surf Coast," Dowling told 3AW.

Paul Shannon from Surf Lifesaving Victoria said that sharks were not uncommmon along the surf coast but they didn't usually cause problems, the ABC reports.

He said that the beaches are still safe for swimmers as long as they obeyed warnings and swam between the flags.

Helicopters are continuing to monitor the area.

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