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Shark ADVICE for Alexander Point east of Duke of Orleans Bay13 November 2017
Update on 15 November at 1pm:
The shark advice remains in place for Alexander Point east of Duke of Orleans Bay
- The whale carcass is badly decomposed and has washed ashore on the eastern side of Alexander Point.
- Due to the location and state of decomposition the whale will not be removed.
- There is likely to be residue from the carcass in the area that will continue to act as a shark attractant.
- Two white sharks have been sighted in the area.
- Water users and people visiting the area should continue to exercise additional caution
Alert issued 13 November:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being reported at Alexander Point east of Duke of Orleans Bay near Esperance
- The whale carcass was reported by a member of the Esperance Volunteer Marine Rescue to fisheries officers in Esperance at approximately 09:15 hrs this morning
- 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 in the area
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Alexander point 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.
What authorities are doing:
Fisheries officers are travelling to the area to assess the situation and will provide advice to relevant authorities.
Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Shark Activity Map on the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity or the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA.
Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.
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