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Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay

Shark ADVICE for Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay

11 November 2017

Update on 12 November at 12.25pm:

The carcass of the pilot whale carcass reported at Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay 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 issued 11 November:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Boranup Beach near Hamelin Bay.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass, believed to be a long fin pilot whale, was reported by Surf Life Saving WA, at 1.43pm.
  • 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 beaching is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the northern area of Boranup Beach and areas adjacent to the site within Hamelin Bay.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, or Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Parks and Wildlife service staff.
  • 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:
Parks and Wildlife service officers and Fisheries Officers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

Extra information:
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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