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Shark WARNING for Turquoise Bay in Ningaloo Marine Park

Shark WARNING for Turquoise Bay in Ningaloo Marine Park

17 August 2016

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for Turquoise Bay in the Ningaloo Marine Park, south of the Town of Exmouth. There have been reports at this location of increased shark activity stimulated by an injured whale. The most recent report was made by Department of Parks and Wildlife Officers in the late afternoon of the 16th of August.

Situation:

  • An injured humpback whale was observed at Turquoise Bay, approximately 100metres off shore and three sharks were observed in this area, the largest being approximately 3.5m in length.
  • The sharks were observed attacking the injured whale.
  • The Department of Parks and Wildlife has closed the beach.
  • Shark Hazard warning signs are in place.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Turquoise Bay area and nearby areas.
  • 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:
Department of Fisheries and Department of Parks and Wildlife are currently conducting patrols in this area and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

Department of Parks and Wildlife has issued a shark hazard warning to tour operators.

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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