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Shark ADVICE for Port Geographe Beach near Busselton

Shark ADVICE for Port Geographe Beach near Busselton

24 February 2021

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported at Port Geographe Beach in Busselton in the City of Busselton

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by a member of the public, at 04:54pm near BSN 115 Geographe BEN sign
  • Rangers from the City of Busselton have removed the carcass
  • It is possible the carcass residue 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.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Port Geographe 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 the City of Busselton and the Department of Biodiversity and Conservation (DBCA) are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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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