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Shark ADVICE for Nickol Bay in the City of Karratha06 February 2023
Alert updated 6 February 2023 at 12:55pm
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) advise that the whale carcass reported at Nickol Bay, in the City of Karratha is no longer in place.
Additional caution is recommended by DPIRD, as residue from where the whale carcass was located 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: 10 January 2023
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Nickol Bay, near Karratha in the City of Karratha.
- The whale carcass was confirmed by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 11.30am.
- 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 Nickol Bay 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:
Fisheries officers from Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD), along with staff from other agencies are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
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 – www.twitter.com/SLSWA. Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for updates to this alert and to view other warnings and media releases.