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Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach in the City of Albany

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach in the City of Albany

05 December 2019

Update on 5 December at 10:25am

The City of Albany has now removed the whale carcass from Cheynes Beach, 2km east of Cheynes Beach Caravan Park.

Warning signs remain in place, however may be removed in the near future.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale 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 3 December

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being washed ashore on Cheynes Beach, approx. 2km east of Cheynes Beach Caravan Park, near Albany.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 2.00pm. 
  • 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 whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Cheynes 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:

Fisheries Officers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities. Albany Shire Rangers are working to remove the whale carcass as quickly as possible.  

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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