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Shark ADVICE for Halls Head Mandurah11 September 2017
Update on 12 September at 4.45pm:
The whale carcass reported on the beach near Admiralty Crescent at Halls Head in Mandurah has now been removed.
Caution is still advised as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.
Alert issued 11 September:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being washed ashore near Admiralty Crescent at Halls Head in Mandurah.
- The whale carcass was reported at approximately 09:00 hr this morning washed ashore near Admiralty Crescent and Caravel Way Halls Head.
- It is possible the 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 until the incident is resolved.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Halls Head area and adjacent beaches.
- 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:
- The land manager is assessing the situation and considering removal of the carcass.
- Beaches are closed between Falcon Bay and Doddies Beach
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.
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