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Shark ADVICE for Geographe Bay near Dolphin Road Busselton

Shark ADVICE for Geographe Bay near Dolphin Road Busselton

31 July 2016

Update: 5.20pm, 1 August 2016
The whale carcass washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton on Sunday 31 July has been removed from the beach.

  • The carcass was removed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife on the afternoon of Sunday 31 July.
  • Some residue from the carcass has remained in the sand and an oil slick is stretching out to sea from the beach. This residue is likely to remain for several days and it possible it will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore.

Department of Fisheries advice for this update is for water users to continue to take additional caution in Geographe Bay.

Previous information at 31 July, 2016

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued, due to a whale carcass being washed ashore in Geographe Bay near Dolphin road Busselton

Situation:

  • The eight metre whale carcass was reported washed ashore at approximately 7 am today.
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of Geographe Bay.
  • 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 whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in Geographe Bay.
  • Adhere to beach closures.
  • 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:
The land manager is assessing the situation and considering removal of the carcass.
  
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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