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Shark ADVICE for Lancelin Beach near Lancelin30 June 2021
Update 30th June 2021 at 3:09pm
The Shire of Gingin have reopened Lancelin Beach.
Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the whale carcass from the 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 30th June 2021 at 10:30am
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale stranding incident at Lancelin Beach (North) in Lancelin in the Shire of Gingin.
- An injured whale calf is stranded on the beach. It was reported by Rangers from the Shire of Gingin at 8:36am on the 30th of June 2021.
- The Shire of Gingin have closed the beach.
- It is possible the injured animal 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 whale stranding incident is resolved.
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:
Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities
The Shire of Gingin has closed the beach for the safety of water users. Once the whale stranding incident is resolved the beach will be reopened. At this stage it is unknown when this will be.
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.