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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.

20 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Guillotines surf break, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 November 2018 at 12.05pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have located the remains of the drifting whale carcass previously beached at Guillotines, near Gracetown.

The carcass has landed ashore approximately 1000 metres north of the Gallows surf break.

Shark warning signs have been erected in this area and the existing Regulation 44 beach closure for Gallows and Guillotines will be extended north to Willyabrup cliffs. The authorities are currently assessing the situation.

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

 

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19 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Floreat Beach and Warnbro Sound

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A shark ADVICE has been issued for Floreat Beach and Warnbro Sound due to partial outages in the shark notification system.

 

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15 November 2018

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

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 15 November at 6pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have today inspected the site of the beached whale carcass reported at Little Long Point, near Walpole, on 7 November.

They reported that the carcass is still in-situ and has not broken down.

Warning signs are in place in the area.

While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the whale carcass remains.

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

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15 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 15 November at 11:10am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have inspected the decaying whale carcass at Wyadup Beach and observed that the remains of the whale have not yet broken down, therefore the Regulation 44 closure will remain in place at Wyadup beach until at least next Thursday 22 November at 6pm.

The situation will be re-assessed next Thursday.

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

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07 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Kangaroo Point beach, Nambung National Park near Cervantes

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Kangaroo Point beach in the Nambung National Park near the town of Cervantes.

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06 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Trigelow and House beaches near Bremer Bay

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A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale and dolphin carcass being reported at Trigelow and House beaches, both being to the north of Bremer Bay in the Shire of Jerramungup.

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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

07 November 2018

Shark ADVICE for Swanbourne Beach in the City of Nedlands

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 7 November at 12.30pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale carcass from Swanbourne Beach.

Water users are advised to remain cautious in this area, due to the potential carcass residues that may continue to attract sharks.

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

26 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for West Beach, Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 October at 12.56pm

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are continuing to monitor a bronze whaler shark, which has been detected numerous times by the West Beach Shark Monitoring Network receiver. 

This shark has been detected more than 270 times over the period 25 September to 26 October 2018.

The Shire of Esperance has installed signage at West Beach requesting that water-users use caution.

It is not uncommon for sharks to be off the WA coast at any time of year and this detection period at West Beach is within the spectrum of behaviour previously observed for bronze whaler sharks at other receiver locations.

It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent detections may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in this area.

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

26 October 2018

Shark ADVICE for Garden Island, near Herring Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 26 October at 12.30pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale carcass from the north side of Garden Island.

The DBCA officers attended earlier this morning and completed the removal by 11.00am.

Water users are advised to remain cautious in this area, due to the potential residues that may continue to attract sharks.

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