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Additional caution urged over whale carcass at Port Kennedy29 July 2014
The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Point Peron and Golden Bay to exercise additional caution, following the discovery of a whale carcass at Port Kennedy this morning.
It is possible the whale carcass may 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, and report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Advice is that water users should:
- Take additional caution between Point Peron and Golden Bay.
- Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA, or on their website – www.surflifesavingwa.com.au.
- Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
- Adhere to any beach closures advised by your Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
Shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the Surf Life Saving twitter and website.
This information is also available via a link on the Department of Fisheries website shark pages at www.fish.wa.gov.au. General information on sharks is also available online at www.sharksmart.com.au.
The carcass is in a decomposed state and was found at Port Kennedy, 350m south of Bayeux Avenue, within the Shoalwater Marine Park.
Plans are underway to remove the carcass by Department of Parks and Wildlife staff.