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Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

You can filter the latest information by alert, or media release. Current alerts and warnings are at the top of the page and highlighted. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

21 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for Hangover Bay near Cervantes

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 21 July at 5.30pm
The Whale Carcass reported at Hangover Bay, south of Cervantes has now been removed.

Caution is still advised as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Hangover Bay South of Cervantes.

Situation:

  • The four metre humpback whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 2.13pm.
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Hangover Bay area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
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18 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 21 July at 7.50am
The Whale Carcass reported to be at Boranup Beach North of Hamelin Boat Ramp has broken up and is no longer ashore. The site will be further assessed this morning.

As an extra precaution warning signs have remained in place . If there are no further shark sightings, the signs are expected to be removed today.

Alert issued 18 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay in the shire of Augusta Margaret River.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 8:52 am. The officers received a report late yesterday afternoon from local beach users.
  • The carcass is situated on the beach approximately 2.7 kilometres north of the Hamelin Bay Boat ramp.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Boranup Beach area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
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14 July 2017

Shark WARNING between Scarborough and Fremantle, including Floreat Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

  • A shark WARNING has been issued after an interaction with a shark was reported at Floreat Beach.
  • The warning has been extended to cover the area between Scarborough to Fremantle based on white shark sightings and the presence of whale carcasses over the last week.

Situation:

  • A surfer leaving the beach, reported to council workers a white shark had grazed him as he was surfing. There are no further details at this stage and it is not known if the surfer suffered any injuries. The incident is unconfirmed (including species and size) and Fisheries officers are attending to investigate.
  • To reduce the threat to people, the beach between Track 21 through to the Floreat Groyne has now been closed by the Town of Cambridge and will remain closed until 1pm Saturday 14 July when Town of Cambridge will reassess the situation.

What to do:

  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take additional caution between Scarborough and Fremantle, and follow beach closures in the Floreat Beach area.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
11 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for North Mole near Fremantle

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 13 July at 3.35pm

  • The whale carcass has moved from North Mole and the current location is unknown.
  • There is likely to be residue from the carcass in the area that will continue to act as an attractant for sharks
  • There has been a sighting of one white shark off Port beach and one tagged white shark was detected at the Leighton shark monitoring network receiver today.
  • Water users should continue to exercise additional caution in the area

Update on 11 July at 2:33pm

  • Due to current weather conditions, and the location of the carcass, the carcass is unable to be removed from it's current location at this time.
  • Authorities will continue to monitor and reassess the situation over the next few days.
  • The shark advice for the Fremantle area remains in place.
  • In addition to the shark advice, members of the public are asked to stay clear of the decomposing carcass due to health and safety risks.

Alert issued 11 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the northern side of the North Mole, near Port of Fremantle.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported to Fisheries officers by staff from the Fremantle Port Authority at 8.13am.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the area in and around the North Mole, Fremantle and adjacent beaches.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
10 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for Bowes River mouth, north of Geraldton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 11 July, 2:40pm:

Water users in the Bowes River area are advised that based on the remote location, the whale carcass will not be removed. The shark advice for the area remains in place. Members of the public are asked to keep away from the carcass, due to health and safety risks.

Alert issued 10 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a humpback whale carcass being washed ashore north of Geraldton, approximately 8.7 km south of the Bowes River mouth, near Horrocks.

Situation:

  • The 10 metre whale carcass was reported by a member of the public to Fisheries officers at approximately 2.30pm today.
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • The whale carcass is washed up on the beach but it is possible it may be dislodged with tide and wave movement and moved to another location.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the whale carcass is in the area.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the area south of Bowes River mouth.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
09 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for Geraldton Back Beach whale carcass

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported 400m offshore at Back Beach, Geraldton.
 
Situation:

  • An 8 metre humpback whale carcass was reported by a member of the public to Fisheries Officers just prior to noon today.
  • A school of large sharks has been reported as feeding on the carcass.
  • The carcass is located 400m offshore, west south west of Geraldton Surf Club.
  • It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
  • While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, additional caution should be taken in waters inside the reef, South of Separation Point Geraldton for the next few days.

What to do:

  • Water users should take additional caution in the area in waters inside the reef, South of Separation Point, Geraldton.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
08 July 2017

Shark ADVICE for Staggies Reef, off Mindarie

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 12:30pm on 9 July:

The updated location of the whale carcass today is that it remains offshore and is currently 5.4km north-west of Mindarie. A school of sharks has been reported feeding on the carcass.

The warning area of Ocean Reef to Alkimos is still in place.

Alert issued 8 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Staggies Reef, 1km offshore from Mindarie.
 
Situation:

• The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public just after 3pm today. Two sharks feeding on the carcass were also reported.
• It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.
• Due to light winds, drift modelling has been unable to indicate if the carcass is likely to continue to drift out to sea, or make landfall.
• Water users, including divers should take additional caution at least 5km either side of Mindarie, and Staggie Reef.
• While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, additional caution should be taken in waters between Ocean Reef and Alkimos for the next few days.

What to do:

• Water users should take additional caution in waters between Ocean Reef and Alkimos.
• Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
• Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
• If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

07 July 2017

Shark ADVICE – overnight partial outage for notification system

Current Alerts and Warnings

** Update 8 July at 07:30am 

Outage resolved, and all systems now fully operational. 

Alert issued 7 July:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued for Western Australian water users due to a partial outage in the shark notification system tonight. Minor delays in messaging may occur.

Situation:

  • Unplanned maintenance is urgently required on the system used to automatically post public sighting reports, and the system will be offline from 11pm tonight until approximately 2am tomorrow morning on current advice.
  • An update will be provided on SharkSmart, when the system is fully restored. 
  • Members of the public can still report a sighting during the outage, and the information will be posted manually using back-up systems.
  • Although the information will still be posted, information may be delayed.
  • Automated detections from the Shark Monitoring Network are not affected, and will be posted as usual.

What to do:

  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • During the outage, check the latest detection and sighting information on both the SharkSmart website shark activity map, and Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.
  • If you see a shark, still report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. During the outage the information will posted manually using back-up systems.
22 June 2017

Esperance receivers online and ready to detect tagged sharks

Media Release
  • WA’s shark monitoring network has expanded to 27 satellite-linked receivers
  • The receivers have now been installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Detections and sightings are posted to SharkSmart and SLSWA’s Twitter feed

Western Australia’s shark monitoring network has been bolstered with the installation and activation of two new satellite-linked receivers in Esperance now complete.

20 June 2017

Locations confirmed for Esperance shark detectors

Media Release
  • WA's shark monitoring network extended to Esperance
  • Satellite-linked shark detectors to be installed at Kelp Beds and West beaches
  • Weather permitting, the receivers will be installed this month

Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly today announced Kelp Bed and West beaches in Esperance have been selected as the locations for two new satellite-linked tagged shark detectors.