News & Alerts
Shark ADVICE for False Island near Albany07 February 2024
Update on 7 February at 12:40pm
Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) have inspected the whale carcass which remains in place at False Island, east of Albany. Carcass remnants, including blubber remain in place on the rocks.
Additional caution is recommended by DPIRD, as the slowly decomposing whale carcass may 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 8 January 2024
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at False Island, east of Albany.
- The whale carcass was reported by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), on 8 January.
- 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.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the False Island 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, 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:
DPIRD officers, along with staff from other agencies are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
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 updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.