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Shark ADVICE for North Mole near Fremantle11 July 2017
Update on 13 July at 3.35pm
- The whale carcass has moved from North Mole and the current location is unknown.
- There is likely to be residue from the carcass in the area that will continue to act as an attractant for sharks
- There has been a sighting of one white shark off Port beach and one tagged white shark was detected at the Leighton shark monitoring network receiver today.
- Water users should continue to exercise additional caution in the area
Update on 11 July at 2:33pm
- Due to current weather conditions, and the location of the carcass, the carcass is unable to be removed from it's current location at this time.
- Authorities will continue to monitor and reassess the situation over the next few days.
- The shark advice for the Fremantle area remains in place.
- In addition to the shark advice, members of the public are asked to stay clear of the decomposing carcass due to health and safety risks.
Alert issued 11 July:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the northern side of the North Mole, near Port of Fremantle.
- The whale carcass was reported to Fisheries officers by staff from the Fremantle Port Authority at 8.13am.
- It is possible the decomposing carcass will continue to 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 carcass is removed.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the area in and around the North Mole, Fremantle and adjacent beaches.
- Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers or Surf Life Saving WA.
- 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:
Fisheries officers, along with staff from other agencies, are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities. An assessment is being conducted on how to deal with the carcass.
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.
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