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Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach near Albany

Shark ADVICE for Cheynes Beach near Albany

03 February 2020

Update on 4 February at 9:30am

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions has removed the seal carcass near the mouth of 1st Creek, north of the Cheynes Beach Caravan Park in the Shire of Albany.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from the seal carcass 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 February at 10am

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a seal carcass being reported at the mouth of 1st Creek, north of the Cheynes Beach Caravan Park in the Shire of Albany.

Situation:

  • The seal was reported to the Albany Shire by members of the public at 9.30am. 
  • 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 seal carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Cheynes Beach 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: 

Parks and Wildlife Rangers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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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