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Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona

Shark ADVICE for Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona

17 October 2018

Update on 17 October at 5.25pm

The Shire of Waroona has now removed the carcass of a Humpback whale from Preston Beach.

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 adhere to beach closures, warnings and any other relevant information advised by local government rangers and 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 16 October, 2018

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a whale carcass being reported 1.9 km south of Preston Beach in the Shire of Waroona.

Situation:

  • The whale carcass was reported by Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions at 3:40pm. 
  • 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 until the whale carcass is removed.

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Preston 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: 
Fisheries officers, along with staff Shire of Waroona, are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

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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