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Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach (Waychinicup), east of Albany

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach (Waychinicup), east of Albany

13 May 2019

Update 1.30pm 13 May 2019

Officers from the City of Albany with assistance from officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale  carcass from Cheynes Beach (Waychinicup).

Beach users should continue to take caution in the area where the whale carcass was situated as any residue from the carcass may continue to act as a shark attractant.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. Stay informed by checking for shark activity before you go to the beach.

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

Alert issued on 11 May 2019

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Cheynes Beach, City of Albany.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 12:04pm. 
  • 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 until the whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Cheynes Beach area.
  • Adhere to any beach closures advised by local shire rangers 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: 

Fisheries officers, along with staff from other agencies are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities. 

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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