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Shark Advice for Basil Point near Lombadina north of Broome

Shark Advice for Basil Point near Lombadina north of Broome

09 July 2019

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.

 

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a beached whale carcass at Basil Point near Lombadina, north of Broome.

Situation:

  • Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have reported a beached Whale carcass at Basil Point near Lombadina at 4:30pm this afternoon.
  • It is possible the whale carcass will 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 this is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Lombadina area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers, Parks and Wildlife Service officers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • 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. 

What authorities are doing: 

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are monitoring the situation.

Extra information: 

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed 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.

 

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