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10 February 2021

Shark ADVICE for Prawn Rock Channel near Denmark

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a confirmed shark sighting at Prawn Rock channel approximately 500 metres northwest of Denmark Surf Lifesaving Club in the town of Denmark.

10 February 2021

Shark ADVICE for Torpedo Bay near Exmouth

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10th February 2021 12:30pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) have successfully removed the whale carcass from Torpedo Bay near Exmouth.

It is possible that residue from the carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

DPIRD Fisheries advise taking additional caution in the Torpedo Bay area.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

09 February 2021

Shark ADVICE for Boullanger Island, near Jurien

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 9th February 2021 at 2:35pm

A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Regulation 44 closure notice remains in place within a 1 kilometre radius of Boullanger Island, Jurien Bay Marine Park. 

Beach access is permitted but swimming or entering the water is prohibited.

The closure will remain in place until the 16th February 2021.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter

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

08 February 2021

Shark ADVICE for Shelley Beach, Bunker Bay in the City of Busselton

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 10th February 2021 11:50am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) have successfully removed the whale carcass from Shelley Beach.

It is possible that residue from the carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

DPIRD Fisheries advise taking additional caution in the Shelley Beach area.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

03 February 2021

Shark ADVICE for Rockingham Beach, Near Rockingham

Current Alerts and Warnings

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a Dolphin carcass being reported at Rockingham Beach in the City of Rockingham.

31 January 2021

Shark ADVICE for Taylor Boat Harbour near Esperance

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 31st January 2021 5:45pm

DPIRD Fisheries Officers have inspected the whale carcass this morning 31st January and it continues to decompose slowly.

The remains consist of the head (only) from a large Sperm Whale.

The carcass will be left to decompose naturally due to it being already highly deteriorated and in a remote location with little access to the beach at Taylor Boat Harbour.

DPIRD Fisheries Officers will continue to monitor the situation and update SharkSmart as necessary.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

31 January 2021

Shark INCIDENT for Gracetown near Margaret River

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update 31st January at 10:00am

The Shire of Augusta -Margaret River have reopened the beach between Huzza's Car Park and Cowaramup Boat Ramp at Gracetown.

DPIRD recommends additional caution at Cowaramup Bay beach and surrounding area. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter. 

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

30 January 2021

Possible shark INCIDENT at Gracetown near Margaret River

Current Alerts and Warnings

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) are currently investigating a possible shark bite incident at Gracetown in the Shire of Augusta -Margaret River.

29 January 2021

Shark ADVICE for Meelup Beach near Dunsborough

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 29th January 2021 2:39pm

Rangers from the City of Busselton and Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale carcass from Meelup Beach.

The beach remains closed by Surf Life Saving WA and the City of Busselton until 9 am tomorrow morning 30th January 2021.

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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

28 January 2021

Shark WARNING for Meelup Beach

Current Alerts and Warnings

Update on 28 January 2021 at 12:37 pm

DPIRD recommends additional caution from Bunker Bay to Meelup Beach in the Cape Naturaliste area due to increased shark activity.

A tagged white shark has been detected multiple times between the 26th of January and the 28th of January 2021. 

There have also been shark sightings from the Surf Life Saving Helicopter in the area recently.

It is possible that the frequency and duration of the recent detections and sightings may increase the likelihood of encountering a shark in the area.

Water users are urged to adhere to local beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers and Surf Life Saving WA. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.

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