News & Alerts
Shark ADVICE for Binningup north of Bunbury in the Shire of Harvey09 August 2022
Update on 9 August at 12:20pm
Staff from the Shire of Harvey have inspected the area near The Weed Banks surfing spot, Binningup and have advised that the turtle carcass is no longer in place.
Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the turtle carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.
Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter.
If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Alert issued on 7 August
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a turtle carcass which has been washed ashore near The Weed Banks surfing spot at Binningup, north of Bunbury in the Shire of Harvey.
- The turtle carcass was reported by a member of the public at 11:22am.
- It is possible that residue from the decomposing carcass 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 the turtle carcass is removed.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Binningup 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, SharkSmart WA app 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, SharkSmart WA app and Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed
What authorities are doing:
Fisheries officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website – www.sharksmart.com.au/shark-activity, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving WA Twitter – www.twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.