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Shark ADVICE for Dalyellup Beach in the City of Bunbury

Shark ADVICE for Dalyellup Beach in the City of Bunbury

29 December 2018

Update on 29 December at 6pm

Officers from the Department of Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the dead dolphin from Dalyellup beach.

Beach users should continue to take caution as the residue of the carcass may continue to act as a shark attractant.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. 

The first step to developing your Sea Sense is 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 29 December 2018

Alert level: 
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a dolphin carcass at Dalyellup Beach in the City of Bunbury.

Situation:

  • The dolphin carcass was reported by a member of the public prior to midday today. The report was initially provided to the Department of Conservation Biodiversity and Attractions.
  • The carcass is 500 metres south of the main beach access.
  • It is possible the dead animal 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 carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Dalyellup 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 are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

Officers of the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions are attending the beach and will assess the feasibility of removing the carcass. At this stage it is unknown when this will be.  

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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