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Shark ADVICE for Little Long Point, D’Entrecasteaux National Park near Walpole

Shark ADVICE for Little Long Point, D’Entrecasteaux National Park near Walpole

21 November 2018

Update on 21 November at 11.05am

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have re-inspected the whale carcass previously reported at Little Long Point, West of Walpole. The carcass is slowly decomposing with approximately 150kilograms of the carcass remaining.

Shark warning signs remain in place.

It is anticipated the predicted swell and high tides over the coming weekend may assist to further break down the remains.

A further inspection will be conducted early next week.

If you see a shark, report your sighting to Water Police on 9442 8600

 

Update on 15 November at 6pm

Officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have today inspected the site of the beached whale carcass reported at Little Long Point, near Walpole, on 7 November.

They reported that the carcass is still in-situ and has not broken down.

Warning signs are in place in the area.

While it’s not uncommon for sharks to be present off the Western Australian coast throughout the year, people should exercise additional caution while the whale carcass remains.

If you see a shark, report your sighting to Water Police on 9442 8600

 

Alert issued on 7 November, 2018

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Little Long Point in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park near the town of Walpole.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 2:15 pm. 
  • It is possible the carcass will act as an attractant that could lead to sharks coming close into 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 while the whale carcass remains.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the D’Entrecasteaux National Park area.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
  • 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: 
Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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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