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Additional caution urged between Alkimos and Ocean Reef

Additional caution urged between Alkimos and Ocean Reef

09 May 2014

Department of Fisheries is advising water users, between Alkimos and Ocean Reef, to exercise additional caution following the report of a whale carcass in the surf zone at Alkimos. 

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

While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution until the whale carcass is removed and report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.

Advice is that water users should:

  • Take additional caution between Alkimos and Ocean ReefKeep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA, or on their website – surflifesavingwa.com.au.
  • Report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by your Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Shark sighting information reported to Water Police is provided to response agencies and to the public on the Surf Life Saving twitter and website.  

The carcass has not yet come ashore, so the removal timeframe is unknown.

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