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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.

24 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for South Boundary Campsite, on Warroora Station

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 24 May at 7pm

Parks and Wildlife staff attended the site at 13:30 today with machinery to remove the carcass if practical. 

The carcass had moved approximately 500 metres north along the beach overnight and is in an area which is accessible by foot, but not by vehicle, and therefore removal is not possible at present.

The carcass has reduced in size overnight from an estimated eight (8) metres to approximately 3 to 4 metres in length and is not expected to move further north along the beach.

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

In response, Parks and Wildlife staff have erected shark risk signs at key entry points and spoken with local campers and the pastoralist about potential shark risks.

A Regulation 44 beach closure is now in place for the CALM land comprising the Ningaloo Marine Park (terrestrial portion) adjacent Warroora Station, from the headland immediately south of the Lagoon Campsite (23°32'32.19"S, 113°43'59.71"E) to the headland immediately south of the Southern Boundary campsite (23°33'31.27"S, 113°42'57.04"E). 

The closure includes the area from the shoreline to one kilometre 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 Friday 31 May 2019, however further reviews will be conducted up until this date.

 

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20 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 20 May 2019 at 8:45am

The partial system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network, relating to the Swanbourne satellite-linked receiver has now been resolved. The Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational.

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

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

 

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08 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for Guillotine Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 8 May at 2:50pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area of coast up to two kilometres north and south of Guillotine surfing spot - bounded by Mt Whaleback in the south and Willyabrup Cliffs in the north - due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains at Guillotine, north of Gracetown.

The closure includes the area 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 decomposing carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks

Beach closure signs remain in place.

The closure will continue for a month, until 1pm on Wednesday 5 June 2019. A further review will be conducted ahead of that time.

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

 

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29 April 2019

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29 April at 11:20am

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for this area, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this location.

This area covers the locations between the unnamed headland at the western end of Canal Rocks (33° 40.021’S and 114° 59.6’E) to the south (past Wyadup Rocks) to a point on the beach north of Mitchell Rocks (33° 41.342’S and 114° 59.581’E).

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

Beach closure signs remain in place.

The closure includes the area from the shoreline to one kilometre 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 Wednesday 29 May 2019, however further reviews will be conducted up until this date.

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

 

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14 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark ADVICE has been issued for Perth metropolitan area water users, due to a partial outage in the shark notification system at the locations 1.5 km off Scarborough and Swanbourne.

13 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach (Waychinicup), east of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 1.30pm 13 May 2019

Officers from the City of Albany with assistance from officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale  carcass from Cheynes Beach (Waychinicup).

Beach users should continue to take caution in the area where the whale carcass was situated as any residue from the carcass may continue to act as a shark attractant.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed by checking for shark activity before you go to the beach.

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

02 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 2 May 2019 at 1pm

The partial system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network, relating to the Smiths Beach satellite-linked receiver has now been resolved. The VR4 monitoring buoy has been reconnected to its mooring. The Shark Monitoring Network is fully operational.

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

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

 

29 April 2019

Shark WARNING for Injidup Beach, near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for Injidup Beach, adjacent to Injidup Car Park near the town of Yallingup, after an interaction with a shark and a surfer was reported at 6.00pm today.

27 April 2019

Shark WARNING for Gantheaume Point, near Broome

Current Alerts and Warnings

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A shark WARNING has been issued for Gantheaume Point near Broome after an interaction with a three metre shark, approximately 300m south of the mooring area, was reported by a kayak fisherman.

03 April 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Notification System

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 3 April at 2.20pm

The partial system outage for the Shark Monitoring Network, relating to the Scarborough Beach offshore satellite-linked receiver has now been resolved. The Shark Monitoring Network is fully operational.

Keep informed of the latest detections 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.

The Shark Notification System forms part of a range of shark hazard mitigation strategies in place.  See www.sharksmart.com.au for additional information.

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