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Shark ADVICE for Rabbit Hill Surfing Spot, Yallingup

Shark ADVICE for Rabbit Hill Surfing Spot, Yallingup

02 May 2021

Updated on 2 May at 1:25pm

Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions have successfully removed the seal carcass from Rabbit Hill Surfing Spot, Yallingup.

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development recommends additional caution in the area. 

Switch on your Sea Sense and stay informed of shark activity information by checking the SharkSmart website, download the SharkSmart WA app or follow Surf Life Saving Twitter.

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

Alert issued on 2 May

Alert level:

A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a seal carcass at Rabbit Hill Surfing Spot, Yallingup in the City of Busselton.

Situation:

  • The seal carcass was reported by a member of the public at 11:00am. 
  • 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 seal carcass is removed. 

What to do:

  • Take additional caution in the Yallingup 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 other agencies) are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.

Parks and Wildlife Service officers from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions are attending the location to assess removal of the seal carcass.  

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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