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News and Alerts

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.

17 July 2018

Shark ADVICE for Port Gregory

Current Alerts and Warnings

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the beach approximately 1 km north of the Port Gregory boat ramp.

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24 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Redgate Beach area closure

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 1:40pm, 12 July 2018

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for Redgate Beach.

The closure will remain in force until at least 6pm on Thursday 19 July 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure applies to the area between Redgate Beach Carpark and the whole of Redgate Beach due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area.

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

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31 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 1 June, 8:30am

The shark notification system outage, related to tagged shark detections, has been restored and is fully operational. Detection information has been reviewed during the time of the outage and no detections occurred during this period. 

The system for reporting and publishing shark sighting reports was not affected during the outage. 

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

24 May 2018

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach, east of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 1 June at 8.50am:

The City of Albany has removed the whale carcass from Cheynes Bay, east of Albany and the beach has been reopened.

Additional caution at this location is still advised as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

14 May 2018

Shark WARNING for waters around Lefthanders Surf Spot

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Big Rock Surf Spot and Ellensbrook Beach, near Gracetown, after an interaction with a shark at Lefthanders Surf Spot, which occurred Friday, was reported late today.

30 April 2018

Shark ADVICE for Three Bears, near Yallingup area closure

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 1:45pm, 12 July 2018

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has advised that its Regulation 44 beach closure at Three Bears Beach, will expire today at 6pm and will not be extended. 

Caution is recommended at all times in these waters by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and it’s important that water users check SharkSmart's Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

28 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for Gearys Beach, south of Mandurah, after an interaction with a shark 50 metres offshore was reported at 5pm this evening.

25 April 2018

Shark WARNING for waters Dunsborough to Bunker Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for waters between Dunsborough Beach to Bunker Bay, near the town of Dunsborough, after an increased number of reported shark sightings.

25 April 2018

Shark WARNING for Surfers Point Prevelly, near Margaret River

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 25 April at 3.15pm:
An Augusta-Margaret River Shire ranger has erected shark warning signage at Prevelly. The beach has not been closed.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advises additional caution by water users in this area.

Fisheries officers from DPIRD are continuing to patrol the area and have been advising water users of the increased shark risk.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Alert issued on 25 April:

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A shark WARNING has been issued for Surfers Point at Prevelly, in the Augusta-Margaret River Shire, after an surfer was knocked off his board by a two metre shark, of an unknown species.

24 April 2018

Shark WARNING and BEACH CLOSURES for the Gracetown area

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 April at 4.55pm: 

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has advised that its Regulation 44 beach closure between North Point and Ellensbrook, near Gracetown, will expire today at 6pm and will not be extended. 

Caution is recommended at all times in these waters by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and it’s important that water users check SharkSmart’s Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.

Shark sightings should be reported to Water Police on 9442 8600.