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Shark ADVICE for Two-mile Beach east of Hopetoun

Shark ADVICE for Two-mile Beach east of Hopetoun

01 December 2017

Update on 9 December at 1.00pm:

The sperm whale carcass reported near Hopetoun has now been removed from the beach.

Caution is still advised as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

Alert issued 1 December:

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Two-mile Beach east of Hopetoun.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions at approximately 14:00 hrs this afternoon
  • Sharks have been sighted in the area and it is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to act as an attractant and 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 Two-mile Beach 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:
The relevant land manager is travelling to the area to assess the situation and will provide advice to 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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