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Shark ADVICE for Shelley Beach near West Cape Howe in the City of Albany17 December 2019
Update on 17 December at 9:00am
The City of Albany has removed the sea lion carcass from Shelley Beach, near West Cape Howe.
Additional caution is recommended by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, as any residue from where the sea lion carcass was beached may still attract sharks to 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 WA Twitter.
If you see a shark, report it to Water Police on 9442 8600.
Alert issued on 14 December 2019
A shark ADVICE has been issued due to a Sea Lion carcass at Shelley Beach near West Cape Howe in the City of Albany.
- The Sea Lion carcass was reported by DPIRD Fisheries Officers.
- It is possible the decomposing Sea Lion 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 stranding incident is resolved.
What to do:
- Take additional caution in the Shelley 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 are monitoring the situation and providing advice to relevant authorities.
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