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Shark ADVICE for Bettys Beach near the City of Albany

Shark ADVICE for Bettys Beach near the City of Albany

26 June 2019

Update on 27 June at 9:44am

Fisheries officers attended the site this morning to assess the situation and confirmed one of the whale carcasses has been removed, as reported yesterday.

The second whale carcass reported at that location is situated at the north eastern corner of Two Peoples Bay and will be removed this afternoon by the City of Albany.

Residue from the carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

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

 

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to two whale carcasses at Bettys Beach in the city of Albany.

Situation:

  • The two whale carcasses were reported by a member of the public at 3:05pm this afternoon. 
  • Soon after the report officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions attended and confirmed the whale carcasses as a small 2.4 metre Pigmy Sperm Whale and a second, even smaller, Pigmy Sperm Whale. 
  • Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have removed the smallest of the two whales, however one carcass remains ashore in the area.
  • It is possible the injured animals will continue to 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 Bettys Beach 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.

Local Rangers from the City of Albany will be attending to remove the remaining carcass.

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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