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Shark WARNING for Other Side of The Moon near Cape Naturaliste

Shark WARNING for Other Side of The Moon near Cape Naturaliste

20 March 2016

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Other Side of the Moon surfing spot near Cape Naturaliste after an increased number of reported shark sightings by the Surf Life Saving South West helicopter.

Situation:

  • A number of unknown species of three metre sharks has been reported over the past two days at 4.15pm on 19 March and 9.23am today (20 March).
  • It is possible that the number of sightings in this area may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.
  • The change in activity may be due to a possible change in environmental conditions, as schools of salmon have been reported in the immediate and adjacent areas in the last few days.
  • Schools of salmon have been observed from Conto’s surfing spot to Bunker Bay over the last few days.

What to do:

  • Obey beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Take extra caution in the Other Side of the Moon and Windmills area by not surfing or diving in the area at present, particularly if large schools of fish are present.
  • In this area 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 sharks 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 authorities 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. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

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