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Shark ADVICE for Mindarie in the City of Wanneroo

Shark ADVICE for Mindarie in the City of Wanneroo

07 August 2018

Update on 8 August at 2.35pm

Please note that yesterday's alert incorrectly said DBCA staff removed the whale carcass. 

Removal of the carcass was actually carried out by the City of Wanneroo officers.

The carcass was removed from Claytons Surf Spot, not Mindarie Beach as first reported.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as residue from the whale carcass may still attract sharks to the Mindarie area.

Water users should check the SharkSmart 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

Alert issued on 7 August, 2018

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued following the removal a whale carcass from Mindarie Beach, in the City of Wanneroo.

Situation:

  • A whale carcass has been located and removed by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions this afternoon. 
  • It is possible residue from this carcass to continue to 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.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Mindarie 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, along with staff from other agencies, are monitoring the situation and will provide 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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