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Extra caution urged - whale carcass found near Bremer Bay08 August 2014
The Department of Fisheries is advising water users between Cape Knob and Point Henry including Dillon Bay and Dillon Beach, near the South Coast town of Bremer Bay, to exercise additional caution after the discovery of a whale carcass on Dillon beach.
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 while the whale carcass remains in the vicinity and report any shark sightings to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Advice is that water users should:
- Take additional caution near Bremer Bay, between Cape Knob and Point Henry.
- Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking the Surf Life Saving Twitter – twitter.com/SLSWA, or on their website – www.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.
This information is also available via a link on the Department of Fisheries website shark pages at www.fish.wa.gov.au/shark
General information on sharks is also available online at www.sharksmart.com.au.
Reports from commercial fishers have confirmed the presence of large sharks in the area over the past few days.