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Shark ADVICE for Garden Island, near Herring Bay

Shark ADVICE for Garden Island, near Herring Bay

26 October 2018

Update on 26 October at 12.30pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale carcass from the north side of Garden Island.

The DBCA officers attended earlier this morning and completed the removal by 11.00am.

Water users are advised to remain cautious in this area, due to the potential residues that may continue to attract sharks.

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

Alert issued on 25 October, 2018

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being reported on the northern side of Garden Island near Herring Bay.

Situation:

  • The whale was reported by a member of the public prior to 12.30pm today.
  • The beached carcass is described as a Short Fin Pilot Whale measuring up to five metres in length.
  • It is possible the 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 while authorities deal with this situation.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the inshore waters on the north side of Garden Island and in the surrounding areas of Herring Bay.
  • 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:
Officers from the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions are conducting a sea patrol in the area and will assess the situation.

Fisheries officers from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are providing advice to the relevant authorities.

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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