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Shark ADVICE for Boullanger Island, near Jurien

Shark ADVICE for Boullanger Island, near Jurien

06 October 2020

Update on 6th October 2020 at 9:30am. 

A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Regulation 44 closure notice remains in place within a 1 kilometre radius of Boullanger Island, Jurien Bay Marine Park. Beach access is permitted but swimming or entering the water is prohibited.

The closure will remain in place until the 7th November 2020.

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 23 September 2020

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a badly decomposed 5 metre whale carcass reported to have come ashore near Boullanger Island, within the Jurien Bay Marine Park.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) at 9.40am.
  • A Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Regulation 44 closure notice has been issued within a 1km radius of Boullanger Island. Beach access is permitted but swimming or entering the water is prohibited.
  • It is possible the decomposing 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.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Boullanger Island area.
  • 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: 

DBCA officers and local government rangers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

DBCA has closed the beach for the safety of water users. Once the whale carcass has moved further offshore the beach will be reopened. At this stage it is unknown when this will be.  

Extra information: 

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 – twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news  for current alerts and warnings.

 

 

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