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Shark ADVICE for Hartmans Beach near Denmark

Shark ADVICE for Hartmans Beach near Denmark

17 March 2021

Update on 17th March 2021 09:55am

Rangers from the City of Albany have inspected Hartmans Beach and there are no further sightings of the dolphin carcass.

It is possible that residue from the carcass will continue to act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close in to shore along this stretch of coast.

DPIRD Fisheries advise taking additional caution in the Hartmans Beach 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 16th March 2021

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a dolphin carcass washed up at Hartmans Beach in the Shire of Denmark.

Situation:

  • The dolphin carcass was reported by a member of the public at 08:05am this morning. 
  • 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 until the dolphin carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Hartmans Beach 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: 

Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), along with staff from the Shire of Denmark are monitoring the situation.

Extra information: 

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.

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