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Shark ADVICE for Normans Beach near Albany

Shark ADVICE for Normans Beach near Albany

03 May 2022

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Normans Beach in the City of Albany.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public to Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 11:30am. 
  • Parks and Wildlife Service officers inspected the carcass and have confirmed that it is a humpback whale, estimated to be 15 metres long which has been predated upon by sharks. 
  • The City of Albany has closed Normans Beach for the safety of water users until further notice. 
  • 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.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Normans 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: 

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.

The City of Albany has closed the beach for the safety of water users until further notice.

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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