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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.

07 August 2019

Shark ADVICE for Cosy Corner near Denmark

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a 2.5 metre pilot whale carcass being reported at Cosy Corner Beach, East of Denmark. The carcass has been removed this afternoon by the Albany Council, however residues from the carcass may still act as a shark attractant in the area.

20 July 2019

Shark ADVICE for Bunbury Back Beach in the City of Bunbury

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 20 July at 5.45pm

The City of Bunbury has been working throughout the day to remove the whale carcass from Back Beach Bunbury. 

Heavy machinery was bought in and the whale carcass was lifted from the water’s edge and relocated further up the beach before being wrapped in a lifting net in preparation for a crane. 

A crane has since been bought in to lift the carcass onto a waiting truck, where it will be transported and disposed in landfill.

The works are nearing completion and it is expected the whale carcass will be removed this evening. 

The beach is to remain closed for 24 hours. 

 

18 July 2019

Shark ADVICE for Point Cloates, north of Coral Bay

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 19 July at 3:00pm

Officers from Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have attended at Point Cloates north of Coral Bay, where there was an earlier report of a stranded whale.

The officers were unable to locate the whale due to the higher tide than when first reported. A surveillance aircraft was deployed and after a thorough search of the area it has been determined that the whale is no longer beached in this area. 

Use your Sea Sense and stay informed by checking for shark activity on the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600. All shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to land managers and relevant authorities and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.

 

11 July 2019

Shark Advice for Basil Point near Lombadina north of Broome

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 11 July at 9:00am

The whale carcass south of Lombadina Community has been identified as a seven (7) metre humpback and is currently lying ashore with neap tides. 

Local Rangers and DBCA staff are monitoring the carcass, however due to the remote location the carcass is not able to be removed and is expected to decompose naturally.

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.