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Shark ADVICE for Port Gregory

Shark ADVICE for Port Gregory

17 July 2018

Update 11:45am, 18 July 2018

The Humpback whale  carcass reported 1 km north of the Port Gregory boat ramp has now been removed from the beach.

Caution is still advised as any residue from where the carcass was beached may still attract sharks to the area.

If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600

Keep informed of the latest reported sightings and tagged shark detection information by checking the SharkSmart website or Surf Life Saving WA’s Twitter feed.

Alert issued 17 July, 2018

Alert level:
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported on the beach approximately 1 km north of the Port Gregory boat ramp.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 8.30 am. 
  • It is possible the 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 until the whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the area 1km north of the Port Gregory boat ramp.
  • Adhere to beach closures advised by Local Government Rangers.
  • 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 from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development are monitoring the situation and the Shire of Northampton is making preparations for the removal of the carcass as soon as possible.

Extra information:
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.

Check www.sharksmart.com.au/news for current alerts and warnings.

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