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Shark WARNING for Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay

Shark WARNING for Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay

02 September 2016

Alert level:
The Department of Fisheries has issued a new shark warning for the northern suburbs of the Perth Metropolitan area, for beaches, surf and dive spots, between Mettams Pool and Watermans Bay. This replaces the previous warning for beaches between Scarborough and Hillarys Boat Harbour issued on 26 August. 

Situation:

  • There have been 63 shark sightings along the Perth Metropolitan northern beaches since 6 June.
  • 53 of these sightings have been in the waters between Mettams Pool and Watermans Bay including the most recent sighting on Tuesday 30 August.
  • Given the frequency and duration of the recent reported sightings there is a greater likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the Mettams Pool to Watermans Bay area.
  • During this time of year many beaches are not patrolled fulltime, so water users need to take responsibility for their actions by staying up to date.
  • 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 Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

What authorities are doing:
Local Government rangers, Surf Life Saving WA and Department of Fisheries will continue to monitor the situation. To keep people safe, beaches may be closed.

Extra information:
It is not uncommon for sharks to be present off the coast throughout the year.

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.

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