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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 July 2019

Shark ADVICE for Wedge Island, north of Lancelin

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a three (3) metre humpback calf whale carcass being reported ashore at Wedge Island, north of Lancelin.

03 July 2019

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 3 July at 11.30am

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

Beach closure signs will be removed from 6pm today at which time the beach will be re-opened.

Divers, surfers and swimmers are advised to continue to take care as residues from the carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks. 

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

 

03 July 2019

Shark ADVICE for Guillotine Surfing Spot, north of Gracetown

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 3 July at 11.30am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have advised the whale carcass at Guillotines surfing area is no longer present and has been washed away or broken down during recent storms.

 

Beach closure signs will be removed from 1pm today at which time the beach will be re-opened.

 

Divers, surfers and swimmers are advised to continue to take care as residues from the carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

 

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

27 June 2019

Shark ADVICE for Two Peoples Bay near the City of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 27 June at 1pm

Officers from the City Of Albany have removed the whale carcass from Two Peoples Bay.

Due to the residues of the carcass the beach will remain closed for the next 24 hours.

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

 

26 June 2019

Shark ADVICE for Bettys Beach near the City of Albany

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 27 June at 9:44am

Fisheries officers attended the site this morning to assess the situation and confirmed one of the whale carcasses has been removed, as reported yesterday.

The second whale carcass reported at that location is situated at the north eastern corner of Two Peoples Bay and will be removed this afternoon by the City of Albany.

Residue from the carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

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

 

14 June 2019

Shark Monitoring Network System outage this Thursday evening

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 14 June at 11:45am

Scheduled system maintenance affecting the Shark Monitoring Network was successfully completed on the evening of Thursday 13 June 2019.

The Shark Monitoring Network is now fully operational. There were no tagged shark detections during the maintenance period.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

14 May 2019

Shark ADVICE for the WA Shark Monitoring Network

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

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.