News and Alerts
Beaches remain closed in area of fatal shark bite incident19 April 2017
Department of Fisheries officers will today continue patrols of Wylie Bay and the Kelp Beds surf break, near Esperance, where a fatal shark bite incident occurred late on Easter Monday.
- Beaches approximately three kilometres either side of the incident site at Kelp Beds Beach were closed by local authorities, following the fatal incident.
- Department of Fisheries officers carried out water and land-based beach patrols yesterday, to advise as many holiday-makers as possible to be aware of the incident and to stay out of the water.
- No shark sightings were reported in the Wylie Bay area on Tuesday (18 April).
What to do:
- Wylie Bay Beach has been closed by local authorities until further notice.
- Our advice to water users is to not go surfing, swimming or diving in the Wylie Bay area for at least the next 24 hours.
- Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking 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 response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed.
What authorities are doing:
The Department of Fisheries will continue to conduct beach patrols throughout Wednesday and, depending on weather conditions, will also carry out water patrols in the Wylie Bay area.
Keep informed of the latest detection 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.
Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.