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Shark ADVICE for Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel10 August 2018
Update on 16 August at 10.25am
The Shire of Capel has removed the whale carcass from Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel.
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.
Water users should check the SharkSmart Activity Map or the Surf Life Saving Twitter feed before heading to their local beaches.
If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600
Alert issued on 10 August, 2018
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Peppermint Grove Beach, near Capel.
- The 2.65m Baleen whale was reported by the public and has been confirmed by DBCA officers this morning.
- 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 Peppermint Grove Beach area.
- 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:
DBCA Officers are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
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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