Boy, 10, bitten by a shark at popular tourist WA beach near Coral Bay in Western Australia

A 10-year-old boy has been attacked by a two-metre bronze whaler shark while snorkelling at a popular tourist spot in Western Australia

The child was 75 metres from the shore when he was attacked at Five Finger Reef near Coral Bay, which is about 1000 kilometres north of Perth.

Authorities were alerted to the foot bite at Friday 11.14am.

The young boy has been airlifted to Perth Children’s Hospital, and his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

Authorities were alerted to the bite at 11.14am on Friday, at Five Finger Reef just south of Coral Bay (Stock)

Authorities were alerted to the bite at 11.14am on Friday, at Five Finger Reef just south of Coral Bay (Stock)

The beach at Five Finger Reef will be closed for 24 hours, WA Today reported.

It is a popular spot for snorkelling that is only accessible by four-wheel-drive. 

A spear fisherman was bitten at the same spot in March year but escaped when he punched the shark. 

The beach at Five Finger Reef near Coral Beach (pictured) will be closed for 24 hours

The beach at Five Finger Reef near Coral Beach (pictured) will be closed for 24 hours

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