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Shark ADVICE for Eco Beach near Broome

Shark ADVICE for Eco Beach near Broome

29 September 2017

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued following reports of a whale carcass on the beach five kilometres south of Eco Beach, near Broome.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 3.42pm.
  • 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 in the area.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the 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: 

Due to operational restrictions and its location, the whale will not be removed.  

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.

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development media contact: 

Donna Watson - Phone (08) 9203 0357 or Mobile 0418 901 767

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development comprises the former departments of Agriculture and Food, Fisheries and Regional Development, together with the staff of the Regional Development Commissions.

 

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