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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.

09 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10 September at 5.58pm

The City of Bunbury has now removed the carcass of a Humpback whale from Outer Harbour Beach, Bunbury.

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.

Water users should adhere to beach closures, warnings and any other relevant information advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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

06 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for White Point Reef area near Dongara

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported 500 metres offshore and 350 metres south east of White Point Reef.

03 September 2018

Shark ADVICE for Horrocks in the Shire of Northampton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a residue from a removed whale carcass at Whiting Pool in Horrocks, in the Shire of Northampton.

31 August 2018

State-funded lifesaving helicopter lifts off to enhance ocean safety

Media Release
  • McGowan Government funds $3.4m for beach patrols this season
  • Aerial patrols form part of WA’s comprehensive shark mitigation strategy
  • Formal community consultation on SMART drumline trial set to start 
  • McGowan Government to extend shark monitoring network in the South-West 
29 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Hamelin Bay near Augusta

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29 August at 2.05pm

Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff have now removed the carcass of a killer whale from Hamelin Bay, north of the boat ramp.

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.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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

22 August 2018

Shark WARNING for Injidup Beach to Smiths Beach near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark WARNING has been issued for the Injidup Beach to Smiths Beach area, in the City of Busselton, after an interaction with a shark at Indicator Rock, north of Canal Rocks, on the afternoon of Sunday 19 August. A member of the public has reported an interaction with a shark in this area while operating a kayak. No injuries occurred during this interaction. The report was received today (22 August).

20 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Wylie Bay Beach, near Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 August at 12.55pm

Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the  Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have resolved the whale stranding incident at Wylie Bay Beach, with a humpback whale carcass removed from the area.

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.

Water users should adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers and check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches. 

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

17 August 2018

First of more than 1,000 lifesaving signs installed at WA beaches

Media Release
  • Beach Emergency Numbers will help save vital time in critical incidents
  • More than 1,000 BEN signs are planned for WA's coast from Geraldton to Esperance
  • McGowan Government delivers on election promise to support local governments to improve beach safety 
14 August 2018

WA to conduct scientific trial of SMART drumlines

Media Release
  • McGowan Government will conduct a non-lethal SMART drumline trial in WA's south-west
  • The trial will be subject to independent scientific assessment to determine its effectiveness 
  • An independent review to be conducted by Chief Scientist Peter Klinken 
11 August 2018

Shark ADVICE for Tagon Beach, Cape Arid

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Tagon Beach, Cape Arid east of Esperance.