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Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

Shark ADVICE for Canal Rocks near Yallingup

15 November 2018

Update on 15 November at 11:10am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have inspected the decaying whale carcass at Wyadup Beach and observed that the remains of the whale have not yet broken down, therefore the Regulation 44 closure will remain in place at Wyadup beach until at least next Thursday 22 November at 6pm.

The situation will be re-assessed next Thursday.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 8 November at 4pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have inspected the decaying whale carcass at Wyadup Beach and observed that the remains of the whale have not yet broken down, therefore the Regulation 44 closure will remain in place at Wyadup beach until at least next Thursday 15 November at 6pm.

The situation will be re-assessed next Thursday.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 1 November at 2.25pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have inspected the decaying whale carcass at Wyadup Beach and observed that the remains of the whale have not yet broken down, therefore the Regulation 44 closure will remain in place at Wyadup beach until at least next Thursday 8 November at 6pm.

The situation will be re-assessed next Thursday.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 25 October at 9.35am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions have inspected the decaying whale carcass at Wyadup Beach and observed that the remains of the whale have not yet broken down, therefore the Regulation 44 closure will remain in place at Wyadup beach until at least next Thursday 1 November at 6pm.

The situation will be re-assessed next Thursday.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 17 October at 4.20pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 25 October 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 11 October at 5.30pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 18 October 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 4 October at 3.58pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 11 October 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 27 September at 3.50pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 4 October 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 20 September at 4.30pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 27 September 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

What authorities are doing

DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service has considered a range of safe removal options, however, given the location and prevailing ocean conditions, the whale carcass will remain in situ.  

The Parks and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will continue to monitor the situation and implement the area closure in this location.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 13 September at 5.15pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 20 September 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

What authorities are doing

DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service has considered a range of safe removal options, however, given the location and prevailing ocean conditions, the whale carcass will remain in situ.  

The Parks and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will continue to monitor the situation and implement the area closure in this location.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 6 September at 4.45pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 13 September 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. The closure does not apply to vessels.

What authorities are doing

DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service has considered a range of safe removal options, however, given the location and prevailing ocean conditions, the whale carcass will remain in situ.  

The Parks and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will continue to monitor the situation and implement the area closure in this location.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 30 August at 5.25pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 6 September 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

What authorities are doing

DBCA's Parks and Wildlife Service has considered a range of safe removal options, including machine access, however, given the location and prevailing ocean conditions, the whale carcass will remain in situ.  

It is anticipated that the recent storm activity may assist with the decomposition of the whale carcass.  

The Parks and Wildlife Service, in consultation with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, will continue to monitor the situation and implement the area closure in this location. 

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 22 August at 4.30pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has extended the Regulation 44 closure for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks.

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south, due to the slowly decomposing whale carcass that remains in this area

The decomposing whale carcass may continue to act as an attractant to sharks.

This closure will remain in force at least until 6pm on Thursday 30 August 2018, when a further review will be conducted.

The closure is in place from the shoreline to two kilometres out to sea, which means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Update on 19 August at 1.45pm

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) has issued a Regulation 44 closure notice for the area extending 2 kilometres north and 2 kilometres south of a humpback whale carcass ashore on rocks at Wyadup, Canal Rocks. 

This area covers the locations between the southern end of Smiths Beach to the north, and the southern end of Injidup Beach to the south.

The closure includes waters extending 2 kilometres seaward in the area. This means beaches and waters in this area cannot be used by divers, surfers and swimmers. This closure does not apply to vessels.

Subject to the DBCA Regulation 44 notice, the area will remain closed until 4.30pm Wednesday 22 August 2018, at which time a further assessment will be carried out.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Alert issued on 18 August, 2018

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Canal Rocks Beach, near Yallingup.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported to be 500 metres south of Canal Rocks Beach on a rocky point, by a member of the public. The report was received at 4.39pm. 
  • It is possible the 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 the incident is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Canal Rocks area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by local government rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
  • Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information by checking 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 response agencies and to the public on the SharkSmart website and the Surf Life Saving WA Twitter feed. 

What authorities are doing: 
Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions staff are monitoring the situation.

Extra information:
Keep informed of the latest detection and sighting information 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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