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Shark Advice for Flat Rocks Beach, near Greenough

Shark Advice for Flat Rocks Beach, near Greenough

14 August 2019

Update on 14 August at 9.45am:

Fisheries advise the whale carcass south of Flat Rocks Beach, near Greenough, has been assessed and remains in place. The decomposing carcass is partially buried in the beach sand and is visible only on low tide. 

DPIRD will continue to monitor and assess the situation in partnership with the local land managers.

While the carcass remains in place, it's possible it will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

Bring your Sea Sense to the beach. 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.

Update on 31 July at 2.10pm:

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) continue to monitor the whale carcass south east of Flat Rocks Beach near Greenough.

A site inspection on Wednesday 31 July was unsuccessful due to very poor beach and accessibility conditions.

DPIRD will continue to monitor and assess the situation in partnership with the local land managers.

While the carcass remains in place, it's possible it will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

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

Alert issued on 29 July, 2019

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass two kilometres south east of Flat Rocks Beach, near Greenough in the City of Greater Geraldton.

Situation:

  • The humpback whale carcass was reported by a member of the public at 10.30am on 29 July 2019.
  • The whale carcass is estimated to be approximately 3.2 metres in length and is beached on the shore line.
  • It is possible the whale carcass may 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 this is resolved.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Flat Rocks Beach area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or DBCA Parks and Wildlife Service officers.
  • 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: 
Officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development will continue to monitor the situation. 

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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