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Shark ADVICE for Lancelin Beach, Lancelin

Shark ADVICE for Lancelin Beach, Lancelin

04 September 2020

Updated on 4 September at 10:30am

The Shire of Gingin has now removed the whale carcass from Lancelin Beach.

Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the whale carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the 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 on 2 September

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Lancelin Beach, Lancelin. 

Situation:

  • A whale carcass, was reported at 12:34pm by a member of the public, on Lancelin beach adjacent to Grace Darling Park, Lancelin.
  • 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 in the area.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Lancelin 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: 

Shire of Gingin Rangers have temporarily closed the beach and are working to remove the carcass as soon as possible.

Fisheries officers, and local rangers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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 current alerts and warnings.

 

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