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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.

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. 

 

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.

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.

 

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.

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.

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

 

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

10 November 2018

This summer bring your Sea Sense to the beach and stay safe

Media Release
  • McGowan Government enhances comprehensive shark mitigation strategy
  • Independent Scientific Advisory Panel on Sharks established to provide expert advice 
  • McGowan Government partners with Surfing WA to improve surfer safety 
  • SharkSmart app in development to help beachgoers use their Sea Sense 
07 November 2018

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

Current Alerts and Warnings

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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.

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