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News and Alerts

Find the latest advice, warnings, information and news here, to help you stay informed and be SharkSmart.

You can filter the latest information by alert, or media release. Current alerts and warnings are at the top of the page and highlighted. 

Visit this page regularly to stay updated with the latest shark information.

06 December 2018

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 6 December at 2.41pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending two kilometres north and two kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area.

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

The closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 13 December 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

 

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01 December 2018

Shark ADVICE for Little Long Point near Walpole

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Little Long Point west of Walpole.

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28 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Sandy Cape near Green Head

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the beach at a location 2 nautical miles (3.7kms) north of the Sandy Cape Recreation Park south of Green Head.

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23 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Blackwood River Mouth in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to whale carcass remains reported near the mouth of the Blackwood River in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

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21 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Little Long Point, D’Entrecasteaux National Park near Walpole

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 21 November at 11.05am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have re-inspected the whale carcass previously reported at Little Long Point, West of Walpole. The carcass is slowly decomposing with approximately 150kilograms of the carcass remaining.

Shark warning signs remain in place.

It is anticipated the predicted swell and high tides over the coming weekend may assist to further break down the remains.

A further inspection will be conducted early next week.

If you see a shark, report your sighting to Water Police on 9442 8600

 

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08 December 2018

South-West beaches get new shark receivers in time for summer

Media Release
  • Shark monitoring network extended to Gracetown for the first time
  • Two satellite-linked receivers installed at Cowaramup Bay and one at Lefthanders
  • McGowan Government is doing more than ever before for shark mitigation in WA
08 December 2018

Beach safety boost with more BEN signs in place for summer

Media Release
  • Over 100 new Beach Emergency Numbers signs to be in place by Christmas 
  • At least 250 more signs to follow in the new year
  • Local government shows strong support for program 
03 December 2018

Shark ADVICE for Floreat Beach and Warnbro Sound

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 3 December 2018 at 2:58pm

Services to the Shark Monitoring Network satellite-linked receiver at Warnbro Sound has been achieved.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development has restored the Shark Monitoring Network to full operational status. 

 

29 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Guillotines surf break, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29 November 2018 at 2.40pm

Officers from Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have re-inspected the area between Guillotines and Gallows following the removal of a whale carcass. 

As a result of these inspections, the closure for the area will be lifted as of 6pm (1800hrs) today, 29 November 2018.

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

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.

 

16 November 2018

Shark INCIDENT at Pyramids Beach near Mandurah

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 16 November at 5.30pm

Scientific testing on a tooth fragment, taken from one of the wounds received by the surfer in Sunday’s shark bite incident at Pyramids Beach, has revealed the species involved as the grey nurse shark (Carcharias Taurus).

DNA identification was used to assess the tooth fragment. 

Due to their generally docile nature, grey nurse sharks are not a target species for shark mitigation programs in Australia. 

More details about grey nurse sharks are available on SharkSmart’s species ID section: https://www.sharksmart.com.au/species/#22

It’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, so people should be aware in the marine environment and bring their Sea Sense to the beach at all times. 

View the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detections before you hit the water.

If you see a shark, report your sighting to Water Police on 9442 8600